The Portman Prize
The purpose of the Portman Prize and the Portman Visiting Critic Program is to foster design excellence and student creativity in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. Recognizing student accomplishment and excellence in the integration of technical considerations as a key constituent of the design process the Portman Prize is awarded through competition by a distinguished jury chaired by the Portman Visiting Critic who also participates over the semester as a roving design studio critic and public lecturer. The competition jury awards ranked prizes, each carrying monetary awards. The top prize winner is also offered a summer internship in the office of John Portman & Associates.
Jane Wernick FREng Hon FRIBA FRSA CEng FIStructE FICE has been named Portman Visiting Critic for 2013. She is a structural engineer with extensive experience with unusual and challenging structures designed in collaboration with leading architects. In 1998 she founded Jane Wernick Associates. As Portman Visiting Critic, she will provide students with students guidance and critique, give a public lecture on March 13, and chair the competition jury on April 25-26.
Portman Visiting Critics
Portman Prize History
The Portman Prize and Portman Visiting Critic Program has been generously supported since 2000 by the Atlanta firm of John Portman & Associates, Inc. Portman is an internationally recognized architectural and engineering firm with a team of more than 40 professionals and offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China. Established in 1953, Portman has over 50 years of expertise in designing hotels, universities, offices, trade marts, and mixed-use urban complexes around the world. Vision, creativity, and an entrepreneurial spirit are the fundamentals of their human-centered design philosophy. Georgia Tech is proud to be a partner with Portman in advancing these values through the Portman Prize.