OUR HISTORY

Looking Back at 45 Years of Excellence in Hospitality Design

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1975

Rabun & Partners Founded

After graduating from Auburn University in 1969 and working at Jova Daniels Busby from 1971-1975, Joe Rabun forms Rabun & Partners Architects, with offices located at Piedmont Center.

1979

Mobile Hilton

Rabun completes its first hospitality commission, the Hilton in Mobile, Alabama. Now a Marriott, this design epitomizes the brutalist style of the 1960s and 70s.

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1979

Rabun Whatley Hatch

Rod Whatley and Ted Hatch are promoted to firm principals.

1980

First AIA Award

Rabun is presented with the AIA Honor Award for the design of the Northside Post Office in Atlanta, Georgia.

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1981

Rabun Hatch

Rabun re-brands as Rabun Hatch.

1981

Rabun Joins IACC

Rabun becomes the official Architecture and Design consultant of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), providing members with insight and guidance on the evaluation of meeting space and conference hotels.

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1983

Rabun Hatch Portman McWhorter Hatch & Rauh

Greg Portman, Glen McWhorter, Helen Hatch, and Richard Rauh are promoted to firm principals.

1984

Second AIA Award

Rabun is presented with the AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture for renovations to the Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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1985

Rabun Hatch Portman McWhorter

Rabun re-brands as Rabun Hatch Portman McWhorter.

1985

Inter-Continental Hilton Head

Rabun designs the prestigious Inter-Continental in Hilton Head, South Carolina (now the Westin). This project garnered numerous awards, including the 1985 AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture and the 1986 Restaurant & Hotel Design "Best Hotel" Award.

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1986

Brookwood Exchange Office

Rabun moves from Piedmont Center to The Brookwood Exchange Building at 1708 Peachtree Street in Atlanta.

1986

Atlanta Airport Hilton

Rabun designs the iconic, post-modern Hilton next to the Atlanta Airport.

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1988

North Hampton

Rabun takes on its first multi-family commission - the North Hampton Condominiums in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This striking project was designed to provide every unit with stunning views, making it an instant real-estate success.

1990

Peachtree Midtown Office

Rabun relocates from the Piedmont Center Office to 805 Peachtree Street. This building currently serves as an iconic Midtown condominium property.

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1991

Westin Buckhead

Opened as the Swissotel, the Westin Buckhead has become a local icon for many Atlanta residents. In 1992, Rabun received the NAHB Award of Excellence for the design of this hotel.

1991

Conference Center Planning and Design

Joe Rabun contributed his vast knowledge of hospitality and conference center design to Richard H. Penner's Conference Center Planning and Design: "A Guide for Architects, Designers, Meeting Planners and Facility Managers" published by Clean Earth Books. 

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1992

Four Seasons Atlanta

Originally flagged as the Occidental Grand Hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences in Midtown, Atlanta, becomes the first 5-Star hotel in the city, marking a turning point for the Capital of the South. This is also the first Rabun project to utilize Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in its development.

1994

Rabun Hogan Ota Rasche

Tom Hogan, Dean Ota, and Robert Rasche are promoted to firm principals.

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1995

The Classic Center

Branching out beyond hospitality, Rabun designs The Classic Center, a large performing arts and convention facility in downtown Athens, Georgia. The entire complex is sensitively organized around the Historic Firehall No. 1, which has been preserved and renovated into the premier meeting space of the facility.

1996

Hilton Garden Inn Prototype

Rabun worked directly with Hilton Hotels to develop the first Limited-Service branded Hilton product, the Hilton Garden Inn. Widely regarded as one of Hilton's most successful brands, over 40 of these hotels would be designed by Rabun Architects.

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1996

Emory Hotel & Conference Center

Working with Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Rabun was commissioned to design the Emory Hotel & Conference Center, located within the virgin woodlands adjacent to the University. Public amenities were strategically organized to capture the natural beauty of the surroundings, providing a beautiful and relaxing experience for visitors.

1998

Grant Building Office

Rabun relocates from Midtown to the historic Grant Building at 44 Broad Street in Downtown Atlanta.

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1999

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Chicago

One of the most unique Hilton Garden Inn properties, this downtown Chicago hotel was designed to fit seamlessly into its urban environment.

2000

Nashville Hilton

Rabun helps the city of Nashville, Tennessee, welcome visitors with the design of the iconic downtown Hilton.

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2000

First ABC Award

Rabun receives the Associated Builders & Contractors Award for the design and construction of the Hilton Hotel at Easton in Columbus, Ohio.

2001

The Chattanoogan

Designed with meetings in mind, The Chattanoogan opens as the first IACC-Certified hotel in the world.

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2002

Southern Pines Conference Center

With Rabun’s extensive conference center experience, the firm helped Callaway Gardens open the Southern Pine Conference Center. This IACC certified project was also the first LEED certified conference center in the country, and Georgia’s second LEED certified project of any type. 

2005

Washington Duke Inn

Following Rabun's original 1987 design work, Rabun completed the renovations and additions to the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club at Duke University. With a challenging operational timeline, Rabun designed the renovation to allow the hotel to remain open during the construction process.

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2006

Rabun Rasche Rector Reece

Dana Rector and Mark Reece are promoted to firm principals.

2009

St. Regis Buckhead

Following the success of the Four Seasons project in Midtown, Rabun is commissioned to design the iconic St. Regis Buckhead Hotel & Residences in Atlanta, Georgia. This project would go on to win numerous accolades, including a finalist position in the 2010 Hospitality Design Awards, and quickly became Atlanta's premiere residential address, with the Penthouse unit fetching an unprecedented $15.9 million asking price in 2020.

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2012

Westin Birmingham

Working alongside the City of Birmingham, Alabama, Rabun is commissioned to design the Westin Hotel and adjoining connections to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.

2015

Charlotte Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites

The completion of the Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites in Charlotte, North Carolina marks the first Rabun project to be completed entirely in 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. All subsequent Rabun projects would be fully designed and documented utilizing this technology.

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2016

J.B. Duke Hotel

Rabun continues its relationship with Duke University by completing the design and construction of the J.B. Duke Hotel. This includes the renovation of the existing R. David Thomas Center at the Fuqua School of Business.

2018

Rabun Architects

The firm recognizes its long-standing founder, Joe Rabun, by re-branding as Rabun Architects.

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2018

Coastal States Office

Rabun relocates to its present office in the Coastal States building at 260 Peachtree Street in Atlanta.

2018

Hilton Legacy Award

Rabun receives the 2018 Hilton Legacy Award for North American New Build of the Year for the Hilton Franklin Cool Springs. The project also garnered the 2019 Associated Builders & Contractors Award.

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2018

The Lodge at Gulf State Park

After the 2010 BP oil-spill event, Rabun worked with the State of Alabama on The Lodge at Gulf State Park, an environmentally-sensitive project which achieved LEED Gold, SITES Platinum, and FORTIFIED Commercial Certification in 2018.

2019

Hilton Nashville Green Hills

Nearly 20 years after completing the iconic downtown Nashville Hilton, Rabun helped welcome visitors to the Green Hills neighborhood by designing this classically elegant Hilton hotel.

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2019

Lexington City Center

After more than a decade in the making, the 218-room City Center Marriott Hotel, the 119-room Residence Inn, offices, and luxury condominiums opened for guests and visitors alike the weekend before Christmas. The project has a dramatic impact on the urban fabric of Lexington, covering an entire city block.

 

2020

45-Year Anniversay

After completing over 200 successful hospitality projects, covering over 30 states, Rabun celebrates its 45-year anniversary. With an eye toward the future, we cannot wait to see what the next 45 years brings us!

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