John C. Portman, Jr. is the founder and Chairman of Portman Holdings, the real estate development firm, John Portman & Associates, the architectural and engineering firm, and AmericasMart®, the world’s largest trade mart.
Mr. Portman began his career with a two-man architectural practice and transformed it into an international organization of companies that span the fields of architecture, real estate development and trade marts. He pioneered the role of Architect as Developer by developing, owning, managing and designing large real estate projects in major cities around the world. His philosophy of architecture is rooted in his desire to understand and shape the aesthetic as well as the economic dimensions of the urban environment to create projects that best fulfill the needs and emotions of the people who use them, that are catalysts for economic development for the cities in which they are located and are successful investments for the project investors.
Mr. Portman is well known for his urban mixed-use complexes wherein his understanding of people and their response to space translates into enhanced environments and award-winning architecture which has had great impact on the cities in which they were built including Atlanta, New York, San Francisco, Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Dallas, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Detroit, Brussels, and others. Most of these projects have had a socio-economic impact on the revitalization of the urban landscape in which they were located.
Six major books feature Mr. Portman’s work, as well as the documentary, A Life of Building, the story of Mr. Portman’s designs, developments and accomplishments. He was elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and has been the recipient of many awards for his architecture, social accomplishments and civic initiatives. Harvard Graduate School of Design and Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture have named chairs in his honor.