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Phil Freelon

Phil Freelon

  • Date: 1952 – 2019

The Architecture Community Mourns

Tuesday, July ninth was a sad day for the NOMA community and the world. Phil Freelon’s death meant the end of a great architect, leader, husband, uncle and friend.

Learn more about what Mr. Freelon meant to NOMA. The president's message is here.

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NOMA Voices


One of the organizations newest chapters launched it’s web presence this summer. Kathleen Starghill Sherrill AIA, NCARB, NOMA, LEED AP is the inaugural President. Here’s an excerpt from the site.

Who is your architectural/design inspiration and why
(professional, starchitect, family member, mentor etc.)?

Several people have influenced and inspired me in my career. Early on, I had few influences. Growing up, there were no women or African Americans that I knew of doing what I wanted to do.
My cousin was a mechanical engineer designing trains and industrial equipment, but that was as close as I got. My mother’s spirit of ‘go out there and be the first’ was always guiding me, but it was not until much later that I met Anthony Johns, Leon Bridges, Marshal Purnell and Jack Travis, that I began to have real role models. When I discovered Norma Sklarek and Paul Williams and read their stories, it was like I discovered a new world.

What is your personal mission/goal for Bmore NOMA?

I would like to see this group become a strong advocate for our profession by supporting and adding to the sustained growth of minorities in the field of architecture. Bmore NOMA will be a resource to architects in all stages of professional career, especially those looking to enter the profession. As we support professional growth, we will also be a resource to support better living conditions in undeserved communities in our city.

If given a week long all expense paid trip to travel today, where would you go and why?

I would travel to Egypt. Africa is the birthplace of humans, and on this continent Egypt has the most preserved ancient examples of early humans’ first examples of creating space. Ingenuity, understanding of climate, and use of materials.