John C. Portman Jr. Dies at 93


Atlanta-based architect and developer John C. Portman Jr. died of undisclosed causes on December 30. He was 93. Known for his many urban mixed-use projects and his signature atriums, Portman was a leader in the revitalization of his hometown, and spearheaded major developments like the Peachtree Center and the Atlanta Merchandise Mart (now the AmericasMart Atlanta).

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Portman received the Silver Medal Award for design innovation from the AIA’s Atlanta chapter in 1981, and was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

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