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John Portman, Jr., FAIA

John Portman, Jr., who received a B.S. in Architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, is recognized throughout the world for his innovative design.  John pioneered the role of architect as developer to enable the more expeditious implementation of his design concepts.  With his entrepreneurial spirit he established the Atlanta Market Center in 1960 from which has been spawned extensive trade show and exhibition facilities that are the basis for Atlanta’s thriving convention business.

His contribution to the hospitality industry has been recognized with numerous awards including the American Institute of Architect’s Silver Medal for Innovation in Hotel Design, the Platinum Circle Award from ”Restaurant & Hotel Design”, and the Elsie de Wolfe from the American Society of Interior Designers.

Through owning and operating facilities in cities such as Atlanta, San Francisco and Shanghai, he brings a unique understanding to project design; he knows the importance of aesthetic and functional design to achieve success and profitability.

Mr. Portman is actively involved in the design work produced by John Portman & Associates, Inc.  The context in which he works is important to the design of each project.  His work reflects a genuine respect for the culture, surrounding buildings and historic context of his projects, yet he clearly looks to the future.  His visionary thinking and creative design solutions are based on sound principle that stand the test of time.

Mr. Portman has served as a director of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta’s honorary council to Denmark, and remains active innumerous civic, cultural and business organizations.

Three major books have been written about Mr. Portman’s work: The Architect as Developer, co-authored by Portman with Jonathan Barnett and published by McGraw Hill in 1976; John Portman, published by L’Arcaedizioni in 1990; and John Portman: An Island on an Island, published by L’Arcaedizioni in 1997.