An Interview With Philip G. Freelon


Creator: Rowell, Charles H

Form/Genre: Cultural expressionism

Date: 2015

Citation: Callaloo Vol 38 Journal

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Interview with architect Philip G. Freelon. Topics discussed include how the three architects, Max Bond, Philip Freelon, and David Adjaye came together to work on the project and how the different ideas of each man were integrated. Also discusses the programming and pre-design, the architectural design competition, and the smooth functioning of the team. Inspiration for the building and the meaning behind the architecture and behind being selected as the designers discussed as well.


  • Freelon, Philip 1952-
  • Adjaye, David 1966-
  • Bond, J. Max Jr
  • National Capital Planning Commission
  • African American Museum Project
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Freelon, Adjaye, Bond, SmithGroup Architects
  • Presidential Commission on the Development of the National Museum of African American History and Culture


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Callaloo Vol 38 Journal

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  • Museum buildings
  • Design
  • Architecture--Washington (D.C.)
  • Architecture
  • Architects
  • New Museums
  • Museums
  • Museum architecture
  • History
  • Race relations
  • National monuments
  • African Americans--History
  • African Americans
  • Architectural design


  • United States
  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • Washington (D.C.)


Cultural expressionism

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Number of pages: 09; Page numbers: 752-761

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