Crowning Glory: Phil Freelon on the National African American Museum

In an interview recently on NBC News, Phil Freelon (LF ‘90), architect with David Adjaye for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, described the design considerations that resulted in the gleaming building situated between the Washington Monument and the Museum of American History. The building form and site acknowledge the neighboring monuments and the mall itself, while the pattern and bronze color of the surface nods to historic American ironworks. Above all, it’s beautiful. Hear him detail the influences, both national and universal, in the interview video.

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