The architectural practice of John Portman is founded, and receives a commission to renovate the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Atlanta, Georgia
John Portman pioneers the concept of Architect as Developer when he begins development of a new trade mart in Atlanta. His business partner at the time is fellow architect H. Griffiths Edwards.
The first building of AmericasMart—1 million square feet known at the time as the “Merchandise Mart”—opens for business. This bold vision will help establish Atlanta as a world-class convention city.
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Portman’s first hotel, opens. The tenacious design of Hyatt’s landmark hotel revolutionizes the hotel industry, despite earlier skepticism from investors and operators. The hotel runs at 94% occupancy within 3 months of opening.
In San Francisco, Portman breaks ground on the revitalization project at Embarcadero Center. Portman is architect, master planner and managing partner along side Trammell Crow and David Rockefeller. The team plans to revitalize a former shipyard to create a unique mixed-use development.
John Portman is beginning to realize his master plan for a city center in downtown Atlanta.
The area is known as Peachtree Center, and Portman will continue to develop it for the next forty years.
In an important moment for the Embarcadero Center project, the Hyatt Regency San Francisco opens. Years later, it will still be recognized for its exciting, human-focused architecture.
Portman completes the company’s first international development in Brussels, Belgium. The company again partnered with Trammell Crow (a frequent partner since 1956) to work with European investors and develop the Brussels International Trade Mart.
The Westin Peachtree Plaza becomes the world’s tallest hotel. The iconic design attracts attention from around the world, and magnifies the success of Peachtree Center.
The Westin Bonaventure opens in Los Angeles, California. It is a crucial element of the Bunker Hill Urban Renewal Project, planned by the City of Los Angeles. The hotel becomes a catalyst for economic development in the area, and adds to Portman’s growing reputation for expertise in revitalization projects.
Mr. Portman with Deng Xiao Ping (Chinese Prime Minister 1979)
Portman opens an office Hong Kong to cultivate opportunities in China and Southeast Asia. By the time China opens its borders to the West, Portman has assembled a group of foreign investors, including AIG and Kajima, to develop a mixed-use development called Shanghai Centre.
Pictured with Mr. P is Charles M. Kober, Chairman of the Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence jury in 1984.
Embarcadero Center is recognized by the Urban Land Institute with an Award of Excellence.
Atlanta Marriott Marquis opens, adding more than 1,600 hotel rooms to Atlanta’s convention district and making it possible for the city to host the 1988 Democratic National Convention and the 1996 Olympic Games.
After 13 years of labor disputes, protest and an economic recession, the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square opens.
The hotel succeeds in spurring economic development nearby and improving the environment in Times Square. It goes on to the become Marriott’s highest revenue generating non-casino hotel.
In Singapore, Portman completes a mixed use development called Marina Square. It includes three five-star hotels and a retail complex.
In San Francisco, California, the Portman Hotel opens. Portman developed the hotel in partnership with the Peninsula Group from Hong Kong, bringing Asian-style service to the U.S.
After nearly ten years of development in partnership with an international project team, Shanghai Centre opens and is an immediate success.
It is designed to cater to the growing international business community in China.
Portman completes the seventh addition to AmericasMart – the Atlanta Gift Mart expansion. The campus now consists of three buildings and 4.2 million square feet.
The sixty-story SunTrust Plaza office tower opens in Atlanta. It will soon be joined by the SunTrust Garden Offices.
Portman moves its China office from Hong Kong to Shanghai, China, where Chinese operations have been located ever since.
Marriott Marquis is the official headquarters hotel of the 1996 Olympics Games in Atlanta.
Portman Holdings and JPA master plan land adjacent to five of the ten stations along the Taiwan High Speed Rail (Hsinchu Station Regional Master Plan).
The Westin Warsaw opens in Poland.
In Charlotte, North Carolina, the 700-room convention hotel, the Westin Charlotte opens. It is a public-private development with the City of Charlotte, and includes a transit station for the light rail system linking the hotel to the city’s CBD.
Portman opens an office in Seoul, South Korea to take advantage of an opportunity to master plan and develop 1,500 acres of Songdo Landmark City in partnership with Samsung and Hyundai. The community will include the 151-story Incheon Tower.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront opens in San Diego, California. Portman partnered with Phelps Development and the San Diego Port Authority to create this convention hotel on a Brownfield redevelopment site.
Portman breaks ground on a redevelopment and preservation project in Shanghai’s French Concession district known as Portman House | Jian Ye Li. It includes for-sale residential units, serviced apartments and retail space.
Portman completes the latest addition to AmericasMart, Building Two West Wing, bringing the campus to 7 million square feet of trade show and exhibition space.
Portman expands the firm’s portfolio in India by investing in Tuscan Estate, a residential development in Pune, India. It is scheduled for completion in 2016.