Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)


Freed, James

ID: 139
Full Name: James Ingo Freed
Occupation: Architect
Gender: M
Nationality: US
Birth Date: 1930-06-23
Death Date: 2005-12-15
Family: Spouse: He married Hermine Freed.
Relocation: 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.
Biographical Information: Education: B.Arch., Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, 1953.
Work 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.
Teaching: 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, New York, NY; Visiting Faculty, Yale University. New Haven, CT.
Miscellaneous: 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.
Professional Awards: College: Born: June 23, 1930, Essen, Germany Died: December 15, 2005, Manhattan, New York City, NY Education: Illinois Institute of Technology
Post College: Associate Member, National Academy of Design, 1988; Full Member, National Academy of Design, 1994. Recipient, United States Congress, National Medal of Arts, 1995.
Countries: Germany
United States
Locations: Architect's Birth:
Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia
Architect's Death:
New York, NY
Publications: Filler, Martin, "Star quality: I. M. Pei & Partners' concisely elegant Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills", Architectural Record, 178: 1, 82-89, 01/1990.
Giovannini, Joseph, "Civic readings: San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco, California", Architecture, 85: 7, 80-91, 7/1996.
Sullivan, Ann C., "Library intelligence", Architecture, 85: 7, 109-115, 7/1996.
Sullivan, Ann C., 86, "Media labs", Architecture, 92-97, 06/1997.
Crosbie, Michael, Architecture for Books, 102-105, 2003.
Simon, Joan, "Report from San Francisco: art for tomorrow's archive", Art in America, 84: 11, 40-47,
"Invidiabili dettagli Creative Artists Agency a Beverly Hills di I.M. Pei.", Casabella, 54: 569, 22-24, 06/1990.
Galletta, Massimo, "La nuova biblioteca pubblica di San Francisco", Industria delle costruzioni, 31: 303, 48-55, 1/1997.
Webb, Michael, "Library: Main Library, San Francisco", Interiors, 155: 7, 45-51, 7/1996.
Webb, Michael, "New Main Public Library, San Francisco", Interiors, 156: 1, 66-69, 1/1997.
Gebhard, David, Winter, Robert, Los Angeles An Architectural Guide, 127, 1994.
"Pei Masterpiece: Too elegant here?", Los Angeles Times, K1, 10/27/1989.
"San Francisco Public Library: a confused symbol", Progressive Architecture, 76: 10, 25, 10/1995.
"Pei em Beverly Hills", Projeto, 140, 34, 04/1991.
Miller, Naomi, "Lettera da San Francisco", Spazio e societa√Ć, 19: 77, 10-21, 1/1997.
Bernheim, Anthony, "Saving resources: for building professionals to get on the same green page is only a matter of time", Urban Land, 60: 6, 76-81, 94-95, 6/2001.