We launched the Atlanta Magazine Groundbreaker Awards program in 2012 with the goal of honoring people and projects that make Atlanta a better place to live, emphasizing innovation and new ideas.

The theme for this year is “Building (and Rebuilding) a Better Place to Live.” We sought out smart work not only in development, but in preservation, parks, public art, and environmental stewardship. The 11 members of the 2015 class range from an urbanist project in the suburbs to a passionate advocate of public arts to a transformative re-imagining of highway right-of-way.

On October 29, MARTA CEO Keith Parker was honored as our 2015 Groundbreaker of the Year during a special ceremony at the Atlanta History Center.

Watch profiles of each honoree:

Watch highlights of the ceremony:

2015 Finalists

  • Avalon
  • Chantelle Rytter
  • Decatur
  • Clark Howard and Habitat for Humanity
  • The Imperial Hotel
  • Jeremy Dahl
  • Keith Parker
  • Paces Properties
  • PATH400
  • SCADpad
  • WonderRoot

2014 Videos