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A Celebration of Human Rights

National Center for Civil and Human Rights
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

“The Freelon/HOK design truly captured the spirit of exploration and collaboration that is central to the Center’s mission.”

Doug Shipman
CEO, The National Center for Civil and Human Rights

The concept of unity drove the design of Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights. 

The team designed this downtown museum to enable visitors to learn about and reflect on human rights. In this “living” center, visitors will experience content through interactive exhibitions and immersive activities. 

As they move between exhibits, visitors will see a courtyard. The peace of the courtyard area contrasts with the somber exhibits. Though the path through the building is clear, visitors have opportunities to discover additional content and encounter unexpected views.

The building’s terra cotta rain screen alludes to the long history of brick architecture in the South, providing an exterior envelope that is environmentally sustainable and suited to the site. Stormwater is managed through green roofs, bioswales and reflecting pools.

HOK and the Freelon Group collaborated on the design of the building, which will be located in the heart of downtown Atlanta adjacent to the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. The site is a few blocks west of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site.


LEED-NC Silver anticipated


44,069 sq. ft. / 4,094 sq. m.


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Landscape Architecture


Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Best in Real Estate Awards - Best in Design

AIA North Carolina – Merit Award

National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC) - President’s Award


7 May 2014
“Best Design in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards”
Atlanta Business Chronical

24 January 2013
“Design Unveiled for the National Center for Civil and Human Rights”
The New York Times

20 June 2011
“Project Start Nears for $125M National Center for Civil and Human Rights”
Citybizlist Atlanta

27 March 2009
“Rights Museum to be Designed by NC, Ga. Firms”
USA Today

26 March 2009
“Design for Civil Rights Museum Makes a Statement”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

26 March 2009
“Strong but Civil”
The Architect’s Newspaper