Grace A. Tan, AIA

Grace Tan has been with John Portman & Associates (Portman) since 1985. As President, she is responsible for determining, implementing and enforcing any operational policies required for the effective and efficient operations of Portman, leading the yearly business planning and strategic direction of the company, reviewing and approving professional and vendor contracts, establishing and maintaining the profitability criteria for projects and the firm, managing the issues, structure and use of the firm’s human resources, and overseeing the firm’s marketing strategy. In addition, she oversees the production and coordination of all competition proposals and presentations, and keeps in close contact with our China office.

Previous to her role as President, Ms. Tan served as the Co-Director and Architect for JPAI, the Shanghai representative branch that she helped established, from 1993 to 1999. This role was granted based on the extensive international design experience she acquire working with multi-national design teams on international mixed-use projects, which requires an understanding of indigenous materials,local construction practices and an appreciation of local culture and customs as they relate to and influence design. Ms. Tan managed proposal and design contract negotiation and preparation, provided design presentations to owners and relevant authorities, assisted in construction coordination and project administration, developed and prepared concept design and presentation documents, and provided marketing design services.

Ms. Tan has served as Project Architect for a number of projects and has demonstrated exceptional ability in using the CADD system to effectively present project documents. Fluent in Chinese, English, and Filipino, she interfaces extremely well with the firm’s international clients and our affiliated architects in the local design institutes, and exhibits solid design and production expertise.

Her project experience includes:
CITIC Plaza II/Shanghai, China
Guangxi Financial Investment Center/Nanning, China
Ba Dai Tou Master Plan/Shanghai, China
Yinchuan Greenland Center/Yinchuan, China
Expo Hotel Complex/Shanghai, China
Zhong Hong Plaza/Jinan, China
Half Moon Bay/Suzhou, China
Jiu Guang Plaza/Hangzhou, China
Wenzhou Zhixin Plaza/Wenzhou, China
Shanghai Arch/Shanghai, China
Park Hyatt Hyderabad/Hyderabad, India
Zhejiang Fortune Finance Center, Hangzhou, China
Guri New Town Master Plan/Guri, Republic of South Korea
Beijing Yintai Centre/Beijing, China
Tomorrow Square/Shanghai, China


Download PDF