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Eric Laignel

2016 Star Award Winner


The 2016 recipient of the IIDA Star Award is Philip Freelon, IIDA, the founder and President of The Freelon Group, Architects. In 2014, Freelon joined forces with global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. As the Managing and Design Director of the North Carolina practice, he leads both Perkins+Will North Carolina offices in Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte and has joined the Board of Directors. 

The team of Freelon Adjaye Bond / SmithGroup is leading the design for the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture currently under construction on the Mall in Washington, DC.

Freelon's work has been published in national professional journals including Architect, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and Contract magazine. Metropolis and Metropolitan Home magazines as well as the New York Times, Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer have also featured Freelon and his firm’s work.

A native of Philadelphia, PA, Freelon earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture from North Carolina State University and his Master of Architecture degree from MIT. Phil also received a Loeb Fellowship and spent a year of independent study at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Phil has lectured at major universities across the country including Harvard, MIT, the University of California – Berkeley and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, among others. Phil is currently on the faculty at MIT’s School of Architecture + Planning where he was appointed Professor of Practice in 2009.

Phil is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the recipient of the AIA Thomas Jefferson Award for Public architecture. In 2012, President Obama appointed him to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.



Star Award Recipients

The IIDA Star Award was created in 1995 to recognize and celebrate the contributions that have significantly impacted the Interior Design profession by either an organization or an individual.

2016 Philip Freelon
2015 Yves Béhar
2014 Yabu Pushelberg
2013 Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt
2012 Four Seasons Hotel Corporation
2011 The Center for Health Design
2010 Majora Carter
2009 Hilda Longinotti
2008  Crate & Barrel
2007 Dr. Karen Stephenson
2006 Fast Company
2005 Target
2004 Kevin Kampschroer
2003 Ray Anderson
2002 Karim Rashid
2001 Andrée Putnam
2000 Eva Maddox, FIIDA
1999 Michael Brill
1998 Charles and Ray Eames
1997 Michael Wirtz, FIIDA
1996 No recipient
1995 Douglas Parker