Phil Freelon and the architecture and design firm Perkins+Will, where he is managing and design director of their North Carolina division, announced the creation of the Philip Freelon Fellowship Fund at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The fund will be used to provide financial aid to African Americans and students from other underrepresented groups who are pursuing graduate degrees in design.
“I am honored to have this fellowship established in my name,” says Freelon, whose portfolio includes the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Historic Emancipation Park in Houston, and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. “As the design profession continues to attract a more diverse talent base, this gift will provide students of color with financial assistance that could make pursuing an advanced degree at the GSD possible. It’s an important step in broadening the GSD’s reach.”
A native of Philadelphia, Freelon earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design in architecture from North Carolina State University and a master of architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.