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Georgia Tech College of Design

Formerly known as the College of Architecture

On The Passing Of John Portman

A photo of John Portman standing on Peachtree Street, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the late 1960s. Text says 'John Portman 1924-2017.'

To the students, professors, researchers, and friends of the College of Design,

It is with a heavy heart that I share this news: Our renowned alumnus, John Portman, passed away on December 29, 2017, at the age of 93.

Mr. Portman made an indelible mark as an architect and a developer. His work has significantly impacted cities around the world, but we especially feel his influence in our city, Atlanta, Georgia.

For so many years, Mr. Portman has been a friend and supporter of Georgia Tech and the College of Design.

He will be greatly missed.


Steven P. French, Ph.D., FAICP
Dean and John Portman Chair
Georgia Tech College of Design