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Groundbreakers

Curbed's annual awards program that honors architects, seasoned and new, who are making innovative work that's changing the way the world functions.

Meet the 'scrappy Angelenos' helping build a more equitable city

Architecture firm LA-Más works at the intersection of policy and design practice.

Abruzzo Bodziak Architects has an eye for detail and a heart for the city

Taking on civic projects across the northeast, this New York City firm believes in the power of design for positive community engagement.

Curbed Groundbreakers 2018: Beginning a conversation on architecture and mentorship

This year, rather than conduct our usual nomination process, we’ve asked previous jurors and Groundbreakers winners to talk to us about mentorship and collaboration.

For El Dorado architects, modern design starts with old-fashioned craft

Introducing: 2017 Curbed Groundbreakers

Four architecture firms snagged this year’s awards

2017 Groundbreakers Awards: Meet the jury

See who we enlisted to judge our third annual Groundbreakers competition for architects and designers

Groundbreakers 2017: Call for submissions

Submit your nominations for Curbed’s annual awards recognizing game changers in architecture

Groundbreakers Awards: Meet the jury

For the second annual Groundbreakers Awards, honoring innovative architects, Curbed is bringing on an esteemed jury to select the winners.

Introducing the 2016 Curbed Groundbreakers

Our annual Groundbreakers award showcases the talents of architects working to change the way the built world functions. But this year, our winners aren’t stopping with buildings. They’re out to change the world.

Sharon Davis designs buildings that look good and do great

Since starting her eponymous architecture firm in 2007, Davis has designed buildings that support women's rights and true sustainability, while overcoming vulnerabilities.

An architectural designer’s holistic approach helps Haiti build anew

Los Angeles-based architectural designer Kyle Fishburn understands that architecture can help rebuild the lives of people who will inhabit it.

For Paul Lukez, pro-bono design is a sustained effort

Boston-based architect Paul Lukez puts sustainability at the heart of each project he takes on, whether it's a pro-bono health center in Honduras or a private residence in Massachusetts.

Juan Gabriel Moreno designs for the underdog

In a city of big towers and broad shoulders, the Chicago-based architect aims to uplift overlooked and underserved communities through good design and architecture.

A New York firm fuses site and structure with inventive designs

An enterprising trio of expat architects makes waves—and other shapes, too—in holistic work that fuses structure and context.

Through design, Nadine Maleh finds solutions for NYC’s poor

Through innovative adaptive reuse, Nadine Maleh builds for diverse low-income and homeless populations in New York City.

Meet the jury who will select our 2016 Groundbreakers

For the second annual Groundbreakers Awards, Curbed pulled in a panel of distinguished architects, urbanists, innovators, and journalists to select the winning class.

Get to know our 2015 Groundbreakers!

Find out how these cutting-edge architects avoid cliché, design with communities in mind, and push the envelope of technology.

Get to Know Our 2015 Groundbreakers!

At KSS Architects, a Philanthropic Mindset Informs Sustainable Design

How MASS Design Group Uses Architecture to Empower Communities

Family New York on Kanye West, the internet, and coaxing architecture out of its shell

The studio has set itself apart with inventive, ecologically minded projects that engage with their surroundings.

Brooklyn’s Bureau V merges architecture with fashion, music, art, and more

It’s easily one of the most exciting and eclectic young design firms working in New York.

San Francisco’s IwamotoScott uses digital tools to create intricate spaces

With commercial, civic, and residential projects seeing completion in the last 12 months, it has been a big year for IwamotoScott Architecture.

How MASS Design Group uses architecture to empower communities

The firm’s founders on "thinking beyond the building" and working at the intersection of public health, infrastructure, and design.

At KSS Architects, a philanthropic mindset informs sustainable design

From industrial vertical farms and co-working complexes to mixed-use developments for low-income communities.

San Francisco's IwamotoScott Uses Digital Tools to Create Intricate Spaces

Brooklyn's Bureau V Merges Architecture With Fashion, Music, Art, and More

Family New York on Kanye West, the Internet, and Coaxing Architecture Out of Its Shell

For El Dorado Architects, Modern Design Starts With Old-Fashioned Craft

Cambridge Architecture Firm Aamodt Plumb is Radically Holistic in Life and Work

Meet Architect Jeffrey Sommers, Chicago's Prefab Evangelist

Introducing Curbed's 2015 Class of Groundbreakers