Belmont Freeman, FAIA, is principal of Belmont Freeman Architects, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia GSAPP. He earned his BA from Yale University and his M.Arch at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts. Since the founding of his practice in 1986, Mr. Freeman has earned a wide reputation as an innovative designer, a progressive practitioner and a scholar. His work is regularly featured in the international design press, and has been honored by numerous awards from the AIA, ASID and other organizations.
Belmont Freeman Architects is an award-winning design firm in New York City that has built work in North American, Europe and Asia for a wide variety of public, institutional and private clients. A prolific author, Mr. Freeman’s essays and reviews have appeared in Places, Architectural Record, The Architects’ Newspaper, and other publications. From 1997 to 2008 Freeman was the President of Storefront for Art and Architecture, an internationally known not-for-profit design gallery in New York City, on which board he still serves. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni.
An American of Cuban descent, Belmont Freeman has done extensive research, writing and lecturing on the subject of Cuban architecture, as well as leading numerous 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.