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Perkins+Will Acquires The Freelon Group

04 March, 2014

-By John Czarnecki



Architecture and design firm Perkins+Will is acquiring The Freelon Group, founded in 1990 by Phil Freelon, FAIA, Contract’s 2008 Designer of the Year. Freelon is a past recipient of the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission of Fine Arts.

The Freelon Group, based in Durham, North Carolina, has more than 40 employees and is best known for its design excellence and consulting work with museums, libraries, universities, and other civic and institutional clients. The Freelon Group is architect of record for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction in Washington, D.C., with an expected opening in late 2015.

Perkins+Will already has offices in Research Triangle Park and Charlotte, North Carolina, with projects for healthcare, science and technology, education, corporate, commercial, civic, and cultural clients. Perkins+Will employees in the Research Triangle Park office intend to relocate to The Freelon Group’s office. The Charlotte Business Journal reports that The Freelon Group and Perkins+Will each have 21 registered architects in North Carolina.

In a joint statement, Perkins+Will noted that, “The combined practice will have nearly 80 professionals creating one of the largest and most award-winning architecture and design practices in North Carolina.”

Also in the joint statement, Freelon said, “By joining Perkins+Will, we can offer our clients in North Carolina and around the world a full spectrum of services for just about any type of project. The firms are ideally matched as we share a dedication to design excellence and commitment to social responsibility.”

Freelon, who will join the Perkins+Will board of directors, will be the managing and design director of the North Carolina practice of Perkins+Will, and will therefore lead both Perkins+Will North Carolina offices. “Phil will further strengthen our leadership team and is a natural complement to the design excellence culture at Perkins+Will,” Perkins+Will President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Harrison, FAIA, said in the statement.

Perkins+Will has grown in size and expertise through the acquisition of many firms in recent years, including Ai, CNI Design, Collins/Reisenbichler Architects, Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Fuller & Associates, MBT Architecture, Busby & Associates, Guenther 5 Architects, Envision Design, UK-based Pringle Brandon, and São Paulo-based Rocco, Vidal + Arquitetos.


Photo: Phil Freelon, FAIA, pictured at Contract’s 35th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast in January. Photo by Christian Grattan.




Perkins+Will Acquires The Freelon Group

04 March, 2014


Architecture and design firm Perkins+Will is acquiring The Freelon Group, founded in 1990 by Phil Freelon, FAIA, Contract’s 2008 Designer of the Year. Freelon is a past recipient of the AIA’s Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture, and was appointed by President Obama to serve on the National Commission of Fine Arts.

The Freelon Group, based in Durham, North Carolina, has more than 40 employees and is best known for its design excellence and consulting work with museums, libraries, universities, and other civic and institutional clients. The Freelon Group is architect of record for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture now under construction in Washington, D.C., with an expected opening in late 2015.

Perkins+Will already has offices in Research Triangle Park and Charlotte, North Carolina, with projects for healthcare, science and technology, education, corporate, commercial, civic, and cultural clients. Perkins+Will employees in the Research Triangle Park office intend to relocate to The Freelon Group’s office. The Charlotte Business Journal reports that The Freelon Group and Perkins+Will each have 21 registered architects in North Carolina.

In a joint statement, Perkins+Will noted that, “The combined practice will have nearly 80 professionals creating one of the largest and most award-winning architecture and design practices in North Carolina.”

Also in the joint statement, Freelon said, “By joining Perkins+Will, we can offer our clients in North Carolina and around the world a full spectrum of services for just about any type of project. The firms are ideally matched as we share a dedication to design excellence and commitment to social responsibility.”

Freelon, who will join the Perkins+Will board of directors, will be the managing and design director of the North Carolina practice of Perkins+Will, and will therefore lead both Perkins+Will North Carolina offices. “Phil will further strengthen our leadership team and is a natural complement to the design excellence culture at Perkins+Will,” Perkins+Will President and Chief Executive Officer Phil Harrison, FAIA, said in the statement.

Perkins+Will has grown in size and expertise through the acquisition of many firms in recent years, including Ai, CNI Design, Collins/Reisenbichler Architects, Eva Maddox Branded Environments, Fuller & Associates, MBT Architecture, Busby & Associates, Guenther 5 Architects, Envision Design, UK-based Pringle Brandon, and São Paulo-based Rocco, Vidal + Arquitetos.


Photo: Phil Freelon, FAIA, pictured at Contract’s 35th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast in January. Photo by Christian Grattan.

 


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