- John Portman
John C. Portman, Jr. (born
December 4, 1924) is an American architectand real estate developerknown for creation of the multi-storied atrium hotel. Born in Walhalla, South Carolina, he graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technologyin 1950.
Portman scored an immediate popular success with his innovative atrium hotel form used in projects like the
Bonaventure Hotelin Los Angeles and the Renaissance Centerin Detroit. Portman's Renaissance Centerin Detroit opened as the world's tallest hotel skyscraper in 1977, and since 1986 its central tower has remained the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphereas one of the most expensive Marriott hotels in the chain. It was built as a mark of Detroit's rebirth and redevelopment which in recent years has sparked upscale condo developments on the Detroit River.
Portman is a Fellow of the
American Institute of Architects.
Important buildings include:
AmericasMart, buildings 1-3, Atlanta, Georgia
* Hyatt Regency,
* Hyatt Regency,
San Francisco, California
Westin Peachtree PlazaHotel, Atlanta, Georgia
Peachtree Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
New York Marriott MarquisHotel, New York City, New York
* The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, downtown
Los Angeles, California
Renaissance Center, Detroit, Michigan
Embarcadero Center, San Francisco, California
SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia
* Inforum (now
American Cancer Society Center), Atlanta, GA
Shanghai Centre, Shanghai, China
*"AIA Medal for Innovations in Hotel Design" - National American Institute of Architects, 1978
*"Silver Medal Award for Innovative Design" - Atlanta Chapter, American Institute of Architects, 1980
*"Award for Excellence" for Embarcadero Center - Urban Land Institute, 1984
*Cite book| author= Portman, John and Jonathan Barnett|year=1976|title=The Architect as Developer| publisher=McGraw Hill|id=ISBN 0-0705-0536-5
* [http://www.portmanusa.com/ Portman's architectural firm]
* [http://www.portmanholdings.com/ Portman's real estate development firm]
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