Phil Freelon, professor, colleague, and alumnus, dies at 66

Professor of Practice, award-winning architect, and alumnus, Phil Freelon died on July 9,2019 after a three year illness with ALS. Professor Freelon graduated from the M.Arch program in 1977 and went on to found his practice, The Freelon Group based in Durham, North Carolina. The practice became one of the largest African-American owned architecture firms, before merging with Perkins + Will in 2014. The National Museum of African American History and Culture, designed in collaboration with David Adjaye and the late Max Bond, is one of his most recently acclaimed and best known projects. At MIT, Phil Freelon was a key part of our M.Arch program, leading classes in professional practice and entrepreneurship for the next generation of architects. He is survived by his wife, three children, and six grandchildren. His life is being celebrated in many publications including Architectural Record and Dezeeen.