Ryan Gravel is an urban thinker, designer, author, and builder – an entrepreneur working on ideas about the future of cities. By founding Sixpitch, Generator, Aftercar, and Elevator, Ryan has laid the foundation for a career engagement in the dramatic transformation coming to cities. Each part creates a unique set of tools and partners designed to contribute to a more equitable, resilient, and beautiful world.
- SIXPITCH – advancing ideas through consulting on infrastructure and city design.
- GENERATOR – seeding ideas through partnerships, platforms, and strategic relationships.
- AFTERCAR – fueling ideas through shared meals, venues, brands, and social connections.
- ELEVATOR – building ideas through real estate and economic development.
Ryan Gravel, AICP is an urban thinker, designer, author, and builder – an entrepreneur working on ideas about the future of cities. His master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision for the Atlanta Beltline, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing both the physical form of his city and the decisions people make about living there. Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use of its first section of mainline trail and $4.1 billion of private sector redevelopment since 2005.
Ryan has received numerous awards and press related to his work on the Atlanta Beltline and tells his story internationally, but an essential aspect of his work is yet to come. Alongside project work at Sixpitch and research on similar “catalyst infrastructure” projects around the world, he makes a compelling case about what this movement means and why it matters. In his book, “Where We Want to Live,” (St. Martin’s Press, 2016), Ryan investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how its intimate relationship with our way of life can illuminate a brighter path forward for cities.
Ryan’s story has made ink in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Monocle, CityLab, CNN International, USA Today, and Esquire Magazine. He has been listed among the 100 Most Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine, 2014; the GOOD 100 by GOOD Magazine, 2013; “Visionary Bureaucrat” by Streetsblog, 2012; and “Top 25 Newsmakers” of 2011 by Engineering News-Record. He received a “Trailblazer” award in 2018 from the South Fork Conservancy; an “Emerging Voices” citation from the AIA-Atlanta in 2011; Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission in 2007; and was called one of “45 Atlantans We Love” by Atlanta Magazine in 2006; one of “40-under-40″ from the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2006; and on of the “Best & Brightest” by Esquire Magazine in 2006. Other honors include a Special Award of Recognition from AIA-Atlanta in 2005; and Golden Shoe Award for pedestrian-friendly research from PEDS in 2003.
Ryan is the board chair of Generator and serves on boards for the Partnership for Southern Equity and the MillionMile Greenway. He serves on the Urban Land Institute Atlanta’s Liveable Community Council and the Lifecycle Building Center’s Advisory Board.