Pertaining to specific contributions to certain publics or groups for either their historical benefit, community cohesion, or celebrating aesthetics, creativity, and or values.


The Legacy of Donald L. Stull: Ruggles Station

By Darien Carr

Nexus Podcast

Amir Hall and Marisa Parham

Season 2, Episode 1: Amir Hall and Marisa Parham engage in a conversation on how technology forms and mediates identity.

Nexus Podcast

Isabel Strauss

Season 1, Episode 7: Isabel Strauss, a current GSD student, discusses her thesis, which takes the shape of a Request for Proposals to address paths to reparations for Black communities in Chicago's South Side.


Harlem, NYC StoryMap

By tracing Black-designed places in Harlem, this StoryMap highlights the importance of Black urbanists in shaping Harlem’s historical and contemporary identities.


Hayden Plaza

Interfacing with public space and communities is more of a personal design ethos and agenda as opposed to an industry norm.  Considering how contentious public space can be, a designer who steps up to the task of designing with the...


Health Science and Research Campus

Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU) is a world class university campus for 40,000 full-time undergraduate women. At 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and 30 million total square feet, PNU is the largest facility of its kind in the world, symbolizing that...


Museum of the African Diaspora

Located in the heart of the Yerba Buena cultural district of San Francisco, the Museum of the African Diaspora was designed by the Freelon Group and opened in 2005. The museum celebrates the history, art, and culture of people of...


The August Wilson Center

This energetic, urban infill building is a transformative first-voice cultural Center that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to American culture, art, music, and theatre in the region and globally…past, present and future. The two-story, 64,500 GSF facility includes a...


Phil Freelon

In Memoriam Philip Goodwin Freelon, 1952–2019 On Tuesday July 9th of 2019, the Freelon Family announced: “This morning Philip Goodwin Freelon joined the ancestors.” The renowned architect, designer, husband, and father of three has left an immeasurable mark on the...


National Museum of African American History and Culture

In 2007, Phil Freelon and J. Max Bond Jr. were chosen to complete the planning and pre- design for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. This preceded the museum’s international design competition, which was won by...