Our contemporary awakening around issues of racial injustice and systemic inequality in the US have shed light on many aspects of our society, including architecture. The architecture firm founded by Phil Freelon (lead architect of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC) focuses on activist and purposeful design in direct response to inequalities in access to great design and on how design can serve and change a community. We will explore how the Freelon Group, now Perkins&Will North Carolina, became the most prominent African American-led design practice in the US, within a broader context of activist architecture. Project examples will include how Perkins&Will engages historically disenfranchised and negatively impacted communities with significant results (e.g., in Detroit, Vancouver, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Greenville, Miami), while respecting the past and planning for the future around a shared vision. | Lecture + Q&A.