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. 


Laurie Hawkinson has been named Portman Visiting Critic for 2014.  As Portman Visiting Critic, she will provide students with students guidance and critique, give a public lecture on January 22 and chair the competition jury on April 24-25.  Laurie received her Masters in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in New York and received her Professional Degree in Architecture from the Cooper Union. Significant completed projects include the Corning Museum of Glass, the Wall Street Ferry Terminal and “Strategic Open Space” Public Realm Improvement Strategy for Lower Manhattan, the new Land Port of Entry at Massena, New York. She recently lead the design of a new Emergency Medical Services Station for the City of New York. Collaborative projects include the North Carolina Museum of Art Amphitheater and Site Master Plan, the Museum of Women’s History and the NYC2012 Olympic Village for Hunters Point, New York.

Portman Visiting Critics
2013 Jane, Wernick, FREng Hon FRIBA FRSA CEngFIStructE FICE
2012 Maryann Thompson, FAIA
2011 Karl Backus, AIA
2009 Margaret Crawford, PhD
2008 Jonathan Segal, FAIA
2007 Julie Eizenberg, AIA
2006 David Baker, FAIA (Visiting Critic)
2006 Jorge Silvetti (Jury Chair)
2005 Teddy Cruz
2004 Jeff Speck, AICP
2003 Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA
2002 Lily Chi
2001 Lindy Roy
2000 Lawrence Speck, FAIA

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.