Meet Our Design Partner

MODA is sustained by individuals, corporations and foundations who share our belief in the power of design to inspire change, transform lives, and make the world a better place.

We are honored to be supported by Portman Architects, an architecture firm focused on creating people places that engage and inspire.

Portman Architects designs innovative unique and emotional places that serve the people who use them and benefit the community. 

Selected Work by Portman Architects


Georgia Institute of Technology | Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The signature mixed-use office, computing center and retail complex features the Georgia Institute of Technology as its anchor tenant. The complex is programmed around high-performance computing (HPC) modeling, simulation and a sustainable, innovation ecosystem that integrates the existing assets of the university’s Technology Square complex with new opportunities in interdisciplinary research, commercialization and sustainability. As a new model for the “research to commercial path,” it will serve as a beacon for the city of Atlanta, attracting the leading technology talent anxious to work with pioneering companies, supported by an engaged student base and fueled by inquisitive researchers and innovative professors.

Anthem Technology Center

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The 21-story, state-of-the-art, build-to-suit office tower, Anthem Technology Center, will be a hub for approximately 3,000 multidisciplinary IT professionals. The design focuses on how people interact within the space, and strives to inspire cooperation and creativity with large open floor plans. These elements are linked by a staircase that runs vertically through a series of stacked, double-height spaces that are intended to be used as break out areas for employees and company gatherings. The ground condition at the base of the building continues the emphasis on activity at street level. A 15-foot cantilever implemented along the main facades allows the building envelope to be recessed at street level, creating greater space for sidewalks with the intention to encourage pedestrian circulation along West Peachtree and 4th streets.

BRIC Complex I & II

San Diego, California USA

BRIC Phase 1: Lane Field North site is proposed to consist of a dual branded 253-key select service hotel and a 147-key extended stay hotel, leased retail areas for shops and restaurants and above-grade structured parking. With the inclusion of publicly-accessible shops, restaurants and terraces at various levels along the west side of the building facing the park, the project will extend the public realm vertically, allowing for great views of the San Diego Bay and the events that occur along the waterfront. As a nod to the history of the site as the former location of Lane Field ballpark, these retail and terrace spaces will step back from the park in such a way as to recall the bleachers of old.

BRIC Phase 2: Conceived as a continuation of the master plan of the Lane Field projects and the larger North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, the project programmatically consists of three primary components: full-service hotel (400 rooms), retail space (33,000 sf) and parking (686 spaces). The room tower is placed at the south edge on Broadway, creating a strong street frontage and a marker at the corner of the central city axis. Parking is provided primarily below grade. The podium is a stacked series of functions with retail and the hotel lobby at the ground floor wrapped around the necessary core functions, including parking access and service functions. The second level forms the hotel conference center with dual ballrooms in addition to associated smaller meeting rooms and pre-function spaces. Level three is the lobby crossover floor, composed of the lobby bar and restaurant functions linking the shuttle elevators to the room tower elevators. At the top of the tower, a public sky bar overlooks the bay, connecting the project to its coastal context.

615 South College

Charlotte, North Carolina USA

The design of this office tower presents flexible, efficient floor plans while responding to the notches in the side of its neighbor, The Westin Charlotte. These setbacks in the façade feature moveable glass panels to allow, not just a door, but an entire wall to roll away, opening the office facilities to outdoor terraces. The top corner offers a special two-story glazed office “penthouse” space. The prominence of the site, with visibility from the freeway, makes it attractive to tenants desiring high-profile office space. With a lightrail stop incorporated as part of the project, the building promotes the use of mass transit. It is expected to receive a LEED Gold rating.

Union Tower West

Denver, Colorado USA

Located in the Lower Downtown (Lo-Do) district of Denver, this mixed-use project helps activate the area around the historic Union Station and extends the concepts of connectivity, walkability and urbanism inherent in the overall master plan for Denver’s newest neighborhood, The Commons. The project features a 180-key select-service hotel, approximately 100,000 sf (9,290 sm) of office space above the hotel, and a parking garage for 216 cars. The building interacts with the existing and planned urban context by creating a new public space at the visual termination of Wewatta and 18th Streets. This public space is defined as an urban loggia and serves as a pedestrian entry court to the project that also emphasizes a linkage to the recently constructed pedestrian crossing at the new multimodal station. The building is being designed to achieve LEED Silver, if not Gold.

Once completed, this greenspace will represent the largest park in the city—a full 100 acres larger than Atlanta’s Piedmont Park. In addition to providing a tranquil place for Atlantans to enjoy, the park’s repurposing of the old quarry pit into a reservoir will create two billion gallons of emergency drinking water for Atlanta, increasing the city’s emergency water reserves from three days to thirty days.