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John Portman – the Architect as Developer

Older man smiling for the camera.

Three years after graduating from Georgia Tech with an architecture degree, John Portman opened his first architectural firm in Atlanta in 1953, known today as John Portman & Associates.

Portman completed his first major project in Atlanta, the Peachtree Center Office Buildings, which established a model for multi-purpose complexes globally. Other Atlanta projects include AmericasMart Atlanta, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, and The Westin Peachtree Plaza, a 73-story glass cylinder-shaped building.

In 2016, the 91-year-old Portman had the chance to redesign one of his original Peachtree Center buildings, originally built in 1965, into Hotel Indigo Atlanta Downtown.

Haley Haas, SPR Atlanta

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