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Male, US, born 1930-06-23, died 2005-12-15

Associated with the firm network

Pei Cobb Freed and Partners

Professional History


Draftsman, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Chicago, IL.

Designer, I.M. Pei, Architect, New York, NY, 1956.

Partner, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, New York, NY.


Dean, IIT, School of Architecture, Chicago, IL, 1975-1978.

Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, Yale University, New Haven, CT, Fall 1985.

Visiting Faculty, Cooper Union, New York, NY.

Visiting Faculty, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Visiting Faculty, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI.

Visiting Faculty, Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), New York, NY.

Visiting Faculty, Yale University. New Haven, CT.

Associate Member, National Academy of Design, 1988; Full Member, National Academy of Design, 1994. Recipient, United States Congress, National Medal of Arts, 1995.



B.Arch., Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, 1953.



Born in the industrial city of Essen, Freed and his Jewish family narrowly escaped Hitler's concentration camps when it fled Germany in 1939. They settled in Chicago, IL, a city where many Jewish immigrants found work. His career was split between Chicago and New York, NY, although he traveled frequently for new commissions, lecturing and professional events.

Freed died from complications of Parkinson's Disease in his Manhattan residence.

He married Hermine Freed.

Freed was one of the "Chicago Seven" architectural group of the late 1970s, along with Stanley Tigerman, Larry Booth, Stuart Cohen, Ben Weese, Tom Beeby and James L. Nagle.

Associated Locations

  • Manhattan, New York, NY (Architect's Death)
    Manhattan, New York, NY

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  • Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany (Architect's Birth)
    Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany

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PCAD id: 139

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