Betsy is honoured to serve on the 2016 Portman Prize Jury with this year’s Portman Visiting Critic, Brigitte Shim. 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.
It is also Scott Marble’s first year as the William H. Harrison Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. Scott is founder of the innovative and award winning New York practice Marble Fairbanks and was Betsy’s very first professor of architecture in the undergraduate program at Barnard College in 1993! His direction and encouragement helped shape her career in architecture and the practice that he and Karen have built serves to inspire not only the studio here at Williamson Williamson, but the hundreds of students – now professionals – whose careers they have touched over the years.