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I’m Ryan Gravel. My 1999 master’s thesis in Architecture and City Planning at Georgia Tech was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline. That was the easy part. Since then I worked to support the project for many years as a volunteer and later in the nonprofit and government sectors. Today I’m an urban designer in the Atlanta office of Perkins+Will, offering an architect’s perspective to urban planning and bringing the knowledge of building dimension and design to site planning, concept development and public policy. I also live directly on the Atlanta Beltline’s first section of trail, making my commute by bike only 15 minutes door-to-door, and taking my commitment to sustainable city-building full circle: from vision, to advocacy, to planning, design, and implementation.

In addition to engaging in some design work on the Atlanta Beltline and speaking internationally about the project, I am also researching similar infrastructure projects around the world that will be included in a book to be finished in 2014. I’m on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Art Papers and the MillionMile Greenway. I also serve on ULI-Atlanta’s Livable Communities Council, the Georgia Tech Alumni Commercial Real Estate Advisory Board, and the Lifecycle Building Center Advisory Board. >> Ryan Gravel

100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2014; the GOOD 100 by GOOD magazine in 2013; “Visionary Bureaucrat” by Streetsblog in 2012; “Top 25 Newsmakers” of 2011 by Engineering News-Record; “Emerging Voices” citation in 2011 from the AIA-Atlanta; Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award in 2007 from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission; “45 Atlantans We Love” by Atlanta Magazine in 2006; “40-under-40″ in 2006 from the Atlanta Business Chronicle; “Best & Brightest” by Esquire Magazine in 2006; Special Award of Recognition in 2005 from AIA-Atlanta; Golden Shoe Award for pedestrian-friendly research in 2003 from PEDS.

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