John C. Portman, Jr. wins Prestigious Award

By Jennifer LeClaire

“Atlanta would be a very different city without the vision of John C. Portman, Jr., and the hotel industry would be much more drab,” says David Marvin, president of AHA. “Having designed and built some of this city’s most iconic buildings and hotels, including the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Peachtree Center, SunTrust Plaza and Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Mr. Portman literally has helped architecturally reshape “southern hospitality.”  We can think of no better recipient for this inaugural honor.”

Known for his signature mix of modernism and brutalism, highlighted by massive atriums and long, glassy elevators, Portman’s buildings can be found in 60 cities on four continents. Beyond Atlanta, Portman is responsible for 151 Incheon Tower in South Korea, the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, the Marquis Theater in Manhattan and the iconic Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, among others.

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