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John Portman: A Life Of Building


Airs May 23, 2012 at 7:00pm
Photo courtesy of Tim Hamilton and


Once a maverick who was nearly run out of the American Institute of Architects, John Portman is now recognized as one of the most innovative and imitated architects ever. Over 45 years, Portman’s iconic urban statements and eye-popping interiors have risen in 60 cities on four continents to redefine cityscapes in America, and skylines in China and the rest of Asia. The film captures Portman’s approach in an intimate portrait that, by turn, assesses and appreciates Portman’s work. Dramatic time-lapse footage shows off Portman’s buildings at their best — often in moving sunlight that washes over his facades and spaces.

Directed by Emmy-award winning director Ben Loeterman, the documentary chronicles the achievements of acclaimed Atlanta architect John Portman. The film has been entered in film festivals across the United States and around the world, and on May 23 will air on Georgia Public Broadcasting. Forgoing a traditional narrator, “John Portman: A Life of Building” relies on interviews with architecture and art critics, business associates and Portman himself to tell the story of his remarkable career.



Sponsored by Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.
Founded in 1941, Central Atlanta Progress (CAP) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that strives to create a viable economic environment for the heart of the Atlanta region. Governed by a Board of the City’s top business and organizational leaders, CAP’s mission is to keep Downtown Atlanta safe, livable, diverse, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining.

For more than 50 years, John Portman and his talented organizations have successfully redefined cityscapes and skylines all over the world from his offices in Downtown Atlanta. Central Atlanta Progress is proud to contribute to this important film that celebrates the legacy of Atlanta’s most innovative architect. His contributions and unwavering dedication to the City are remarkable and immeasurable.

Inside the Private Screening of John Portman: A Life of Building