Architect Phil Freelon ’75 is making quite an impression in Washington, D.C.
We’ve already noted that Freelon is leading the 32-consultant team of Freelon Adjaye Bond/SmithGroup in designing the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in Culture on the National Mall.
Now comes news that President Obama has appointed Freelon to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts. The commission consists of seven members who are experts in the fine arts. They serve four-year terms.
The commission works to provide guidance to the president, Congress and other federal government agencies on issues of aesthetics and design. For instance, it provides advice to the U.S. Mint concerning the design of coins and medals and approves the site and design of national memorials.
The announcement was made Dec. 1 along with a handful of other presidential appointments. “I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said of the appointees. “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”
Freelon is president of The Freelon Group, the Durham-based architecture firm he started in 1990. He has won numerous design awards and has designed projects in Boone, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Greensboro, Atlanta, Baltimore and San Francisco. Check out our fall issue, where we profiled Freelon and the Smithsonian project.