Architect and developer John Portman was presented with the 2013 Four Pillar “Responsibility” Award on Thursday during a gala event hosted by the Council for Quality Growth. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in downtown Atlanta.
The Four Pillar Award is given annually to an honoree who has made significant contributions, both personally and professionally, to the metro Atlanta community. The Council considers the “Four Pillars” of leadership and success to be Quality, Responsibility, Vision, and Integrity.
In addition to the “Responsibility” Pillar, Portman was presented with the “Quality” Pillar by Dean Mohsen Mostafavi; “Vision” Pillar by Charles Loudermilk, Sr., and the “Integrity” Pillar by Ambassador Andrew Young.
Portman designed the Peachtree Plaza Hotel (now the Westin Peachtree Plaza), which gained landmark status as the tallest hotel in the world in 1977. Portman is also responsible for the development of Peachtree Center and is a founding member and leader of Central Atlanta Progress, an organization that contributes to health of the Central Business District. He was also a founding member of Action Forum, a bi-racial group of business leaders who helped establish Atlanta as a role model for racial integration in the 1960s.
Previous honorees of the Four Pillar Award include Mayor Sam Massell, Charles Loudermilk, Sr., Arthur Blank and Mayor Shirley Franklin.