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8 Sep 2020
Jack Portman News
John C. “Jack” Portman, III
It is with great sadness, that we share with you, that Chairman & CEO, Jack Portman passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020.
John Calvin “Jack” Portman III, visionary architect, devoted father, doting grandfather, impassioned artist and trailblazing businessman, passed away of natural causes at the age of 71 on Friday, August 28 at his home in Atlanta, Georgia. Son of famed Atlanta architect John Calvin Portman Jr. and Jan Portman, Jack was born November 3, 1948 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jack graduated from The Lovett School in Atlanta, then earned a Bachelor of Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He began practicing architecture in 1973 at John Portman & Associates, rising from an Apprentice Architect to become Chairman of the firm, now known as Portman Architects.
Jack took over leadership of Portman Architects following the death of his father, John C. Portman Jr., in 2017. While exceedingly successful as a real estate developer, Jack was passionate about being an architect, particularly the creation of meaningful architecture with a focus on culturally sensitive design.
He once said, “The challenge of the architect is to do something that seems to belong where it is situated.” Throughout his nearly 50-year career with the Portman Companies, Jack pioneered their international expansion, helping to transform the enterprises into the globe-spanning real estate design and development firms that they are today.
Jack was a proud father to his five children. In addition to his five children, Jack is survived by his mother, Joan “Jan” Portman; his four siblings; five grandchildren; and countless more relatives and cherished friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his younger brother Jae Portman and his father, John Calvin Portman Jr.
The family is holding a small private memorial service and, in lieu of flowers, suggests that memorial contributions be made to Art Papers, the Andrew J. Young Foundation or another charity of your choice.
To read Jack Portman’s full obituary, it can be found here: John C. “Jack” Portman, III.
If you are interested in hearing more about Jack’s story, you can listen and download to the Portman Architects Podcast. In our inaugural episode, “Portman Architects – The Beginning”, we sit down with Jack, and others, and go back to the 1970s when Portman Architects established an office in Mainland China, and we bring you up to modern-day in less than 20 minutes. You don’t want to miss this episode. Learn more about an iconic Architectural firm that continues to evolve and deliver for both its employees and its clients.
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June 20, 2019
Portman Architects News
New Name Reflects Latest Evolution For The Sixty-Six-Year-Old Firm
At a recent gala, Jack Portman, FAIA, announced that world-renowned architectural design firm, John Portman & Associates, is transitioning to a new name – Portman Architects. Jack, the firm’s Chairman, President and CEO, stressed that this change was just the latest evolution in the architecture firm’s long history as an innovative design practice.
“Evolution has been a salient factor in our firm’s longevity,” Jack explained. “Our firm founder, John C. Portman, my father, wanted this firm to be everlasting. He began planning and putting our current leadership team in place in anticipation of the succession he recognized was coming.
In 2010, the firm established the current leadership team comprised of Principals Lell Barnes, Gordon Beckman, Greg Botsch, Rob Halverson, Norris Hunt, Walt Jackson, Pierluca Maffey, Walt Miller, John Nipaver and Jack Portman. This leadership team continues in 2019 to grow the firm by attracting new architectural design talent and working with developers to create unique typologies and memorable experiences, as evidenced by the newly opened CODA at Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta.
Portman Architects carries on the legacy of John Portman in ways that are visible to the public in innovative and engaging buildings; important to the profession in the collaborative process that includes the mentorship of young talent; and vital to clients in the focus on making a valuable contribution to both the project’s bottom line and the community. The Principals are leading a host of ongoing projects in a half of dozen U.S. cities including Atlanta, Charlotte and Seattle, as well as work throughout China and Asia.
In addition to the new name, the firm has a new web address, portmanarchitects.com, and employee email addresses also reflect this change. While there have been some notable changes, Jack Portman stressed that much continues as it always has. “We’ve always been Portman. We are Portman. We’ve always been Architects. We are Architects – ones who remain hyper-focused on being the best. Our thirst for excellence remains unquenchable. With a vision toward the future, we’re very excited to see where our passion leads us next.”
Architecture focused on serving people transcends national borders by striving for universal human appeal. Human beings are creatures of nature, perceiving their environment through the senses. Recognizing human values and the innate response to space, nature and light, the firm weaves sensory experiences into the built environment to create places that are more beneficial to people and designed for life – livable, stimulating and sustainable.
The firm was known as Edwards and Portman through the late 50s and most of the 60s when John Portman partnered with a former professor of his from Georgia Tech. It became John Portman & Associates after Mr. Edwards retired in 1968. The firm further evolved in the late 1970s when domestic work slowed due to changing tax laws and other economic factors, and the decision was made to venture abroad.
Jack took an exploratory trip to East Asia and the Pacific Rim before moving his family to Hong Kong. This effort led to several opportunities in Asia, with the firm becoming pioneers for Western firms operating in China. Success in China led to work in India and beyond, where the firm’s design principals continue to prove their progressive design talents.
Portman Architects is an internationally-recognized architectural design firm with offices in Shanghai and Atlanta. Strategic services span from the initial concept to planning, design and ultimately realizing this vision in master plans and built boutique project scales. The firm is renowned for inventive, responsive design solutions that enhance the world and people’s lives. For more information, please visit www.portmanarchitects.com.
Previously on e-architect:
May 14, 2019
712 West Peachtree, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Design: John Portman & Associates
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712 West Peachtree Atlanta
Jun 13, 2018
The Super Tall Tower Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, eastern China
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Super Tall Tower Wuxi
John Portman & Associates is pleased to announce that the firm’s design for Xi Shui Dong Lot A Super Tall Project, Greenland Wuxi 200, was declared the winning entry in an international design competition held by Greenland Hong Kong Wuxi.
Apr 27, 2018
Prince Bay Development, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China
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Prince Bay Development in Shenzhen
This US architecture office is happy to announce a first-place finish in the international design competition held by Shenzhen Prince Bay Shang Long Real Estate Co., LTD for the architectural and engineering design of Prince Bay lot DY02-06A in Shenzhen, China.
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