The John Portman Dean's Chair
The John Portman Dean’s Chair bears the name of one of Georgia Tech's most distinguished graduates, the renowned architect and developer John C. Portman Jr., ARCH 1950, Honorary Ph.D. 2012. Portman passed away on December 29, 2017, at the age of 93.
The John Portman Dean's Chair reinforces and strengthens the College's ability to attract and retain the very best academic leaders in the field. Steven P. French, dean of the Georgia Tech College of Design, is the current John Portman Chair.
When reflecting upon the endowed dean’s chair being named in his honor, Portman remarked, "Georgia Tech is a jewel in Atlanta's crown, and the College of Architecture (later renamed the College of Design) played a pivotal role in shaping my life."
"I am honored to partner with the institution that means so much to me, while it aims to ensure generations of aspiring architects have a world-class educational foundation on which to build their dreams, contribute to the field, and improve the lives of people everywhere."