John Portman
Tom Hamilton, courtesy of The Portman Archives John Portman

Atlanta architect John Portman, FAIA, died on Friday at 93. Born in Walhalla, S.C., in 1924, Portman earned a B.S. in architecture from Georgia Tech. He worked at Ketchum, Gina and Sharp, H.M. Heatley Associates, and Stevens & Wilkinson before founding his firm, today known as John Portman & Associates, in 1953.

"No single architect shaped Atlanta’s skyline like Portman, who gave the city the Hyatt Regency, Peachtree Center, AmericasMart and the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel," J. Scott Trubey wrote in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Saturday. "He also left his stamp from San Francisco to Shanghai, and helped revitalize Times Square with his famed New York Marriott Marquis."

Harvard Graduate School of Design's dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Intl. Assoc. AIA, published a book about Portman earlier this year in collaboration with photographer Iwan Baan.

"John C. Portman Jr., FAIA, is my hero, because Southern architects need Southern idols, and because he showed everyone how to invent a typology (“super atrium”) while mastering the architect–developer business model," Jennifer Bonner, director of Boston-based MALL, told ARCHITECT last year.