Belmont Freeman


Belmont Freeman is a columnist for Places. He is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, an award-winning design firm in New York City.

Since the founding of his practice in 1986, Freeman has earned a wide reputation as an innovative designer, a progressive practitioner and a scholar. His work has received numerous awards and is regularly featured in the international design press. Belmont Freeman Architects has built work in North American, Europe and Asia. The firm’s varied portfolio includes projects for Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University, New York City Opera, the James Beard Foundation, and numerous commercial and private residential clients.

From 1997 to 2008, Freeman was the president of the board of directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture, an internationally known not-for-profit design gallery in New York City. He has served on the board of governors of the Association of Yale Alumni and the board of directors of the Society of Architectural Historians. Freeman is on the faculty of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia, and is a frequent guest critic at architecture schools throughout the country.

An American of Cuban descent, Freeman has done extensive research, writing and lecturing on the subject of Cuban architecture as well as led architectural tours of Cuba. In 2004 he co-produced, at Storefront for Art and Architecture, the landmark exhibition Architecture and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1969, which examined the remarkable avant-garde design produced in Cuba during the first, heroic phase of the revolution. He is currently collaborating with the Cuban architect, historian and curator Eduardo Luis Rodríguez on a book of the same title.

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