The World Trade Center Atlanta is to honor Atlanta architect and developer John Portman following its annual members and directors meeting on Wednesday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Portman is one of the four primary founders of the center, which opened in 1982 in the penthouse of the AmericasMart in the Peachtree Center complex of downtown Atlanta.
The others were Sam Ayoub, then-CFO at the Coca-Cola Co.; George Busbee, who served as governor of Georgia from 1975-83 and Bennett Brown, CEO of Citizens & Southern National Bank of Atlanta from 1978-1991, who was in charge when the bank was taken over by NCNB Corp. of Charlotte, N.C.
Ten others also were founding members, including William Poole, an attorney with the law firm Epstein Becker & Green P.C., who serves as the current president.
The center was moved to its current location in the SunTrust Plaza at 303 Peachtree St. in 1995.
Mr. Portman’s accomplishments are both local and global, including the development of the 14-block Peachtree Center complex as well as landmark projects around the world.
The High Museum of Art Atlanta is to feature his architectural projects, furniture, paintings and sculpture at an exhibition titled “John Portman: Art & Architecture” from Oct. 17-Jan. 3, 2010.
The projects will be presented with large-scale photographs, design plans, elevations and in some cases architectural models.
The 15 architectural projects to be featured stretch over five decades including the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta with its 22-story atrium; Entelechy I, his home in Atlanta; the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta; the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atlanta;
SunTrust Plaza, Atlanta; Entelechy II, his Sea Island, Ga., home; Embarcadero Center and Hyatt Regency, San Francisco; Renaissance Center, Detroit, Mich. and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles.
Mr. Portman’s international work began in 1975 with the design and development of the Brussels Trade Mart and then shifted to the Far East.
The High’s exhibition is to feature the following international projects: Marina Square, Singapore; a proposal for II Porto Vecchio, Genoa, Italy; Tomorrow Square, Shanghai, China; Beijing Yinai Centre, Beijing.
Current projects to be featured include Marina Square, Singapore; Jin Hongqiao International Center, Zhejiang, China; Zhe Jiang Fortune Finance Center, Hangzhou, China; Wenzhou Zhikin Plaza, Wenzhou, China; Songdo Landmark City Master Plan, Incheon, Korea and the Incheon 151 Tower of Songdo Landmark City, Incheon, Korea.
Members and friends of the World Trade Center Atlanta are invited to the annual meeting that begins at 5 p.m. and the reception from 6-8 p.m. during which time Mr. Portman is to attend.
For more information, go to www.wtcatlanta.com or call Lilia Postolachi, membership and international services director, at (404) 813-6672.