David Baker Architects

Critical Visit

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David Baker was invited to be the 2006 John Portman Visiting Critic at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture this past autumn. As part of the prestigious appointment, he gave lectures, individual desk critiques, and workshops for three graduate design studios. The students focused on devising mixed-use housing for sites along the proposed Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile in-town rail and trail loop. David returned to Georgia Tech in December to help judge the students' entries for the Portman Prize. The jury designated cash awards for the top three designs, which will be taken into consideration by Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin in the development of the Beltline plan. “It’s a great example of the profession giving back,” says David about the Portman Prize. “The recognition--and the $10,000 award--is an incredible motivator for the students. And bringing in a visiting critic from outside enriched the process with a different perspective, as well as being really fun for me!”