Lell E. Barnes, III, AIA, NCARB

Mr. Barnes began his architectural career 35 years ago. His career path has traversed national and international urban environments, with the past 20 years spent living and working in Shanghai. For five years starting in early 1983, Mr. Barnes honed his talents in the Atlanta office of John Portman & Associates before relocating to Honolulu, Hawaii. Recognizing tremendous potential in China, Mr. Barnes rejoined Portman in its Shanghai office in 1995. Established in 1993, the Shanghai office works closely with the home office in Atlanta to design and deliver projects throughout the Pacific Rim development and beyond.

By blending expansive architectural theory with development realities, Mr. Barnes’ creative conceptual abilities and his attention to detail offer prestigious private developers and prominent public institutions a cohesive integration of both pragmatic and progressive design. During his tenure in Shanghai, Mr. Barnes has made vast contributions by weaving his inherent design talents with a sound understanding of Asian cultures and Western ingenuity. Projects and competitions have taken him to China, India, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Korea, Vietnam, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Trinidad, and Libya. He was the lead architect responsible for such projects as the highly acclaimed 14-story Taj Wellington Mews luxury serviced apartment tower in Mumbai; Shanghai’s distinguished landmark the Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund; and the historic Portman-developed Jian Ye Li Shikumen housing project in Shanghai. In addition to his time at John Portman & Associates, Mr. Barnes’ career includes experience with prestigious architectural design companies such as I. M. Pei & Partners, Fluor Daniel, and Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, among others.

His project experience includes:
Shanghai Centre | Portman Ritz-Carlton/Shanghai, China
Tomorrow Square | JW Marriott Shanghai/Shanghai, China
Bund Centre | The Westin Shanghai/Shanghai, China
Jian Ye Li/Shanghai, China
Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund/Shanghai, China
Taj Wellington Mews/Mumbai, India
CITIC Plaza Phase 2/Shanghai, China
Expo Hotel Complex/Shanghai, China
Half Moon Bay/Suzhou, China
Shen Garden Master Plan/Shanghai, China
Tangzhen MXD/Shanghai, China
Yancheng Financial City/Yancheng, China
Bao’an OCT Hotel At Haiyi Plaza/Shenzhen, China
Qianjiang Financial City/Hangzhou, China
Hangzhou MXD/Hangzhou, China
Taj Sea Rock Hotel/Mumbai, India

Email: lbarnes@portmanusa.com

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