Architect Philip Freelon Reflects on Julian Abele's Contributions

Part of the Julian Abele's Legacy Series

In 2016, the Julian Abele recognition committee chose to honor the African-American architect who designed the majority of Duke by naming the West Campus quad in his honor. During a year-long tribute to Abele, committee members share their thoughts on Abele’s contributions. This video features Durham-based architect Philip Freelon.

Freelon has gone on to make his own contribution to American architecture, most notably as the leader of the design team of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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