Meet the 2016 class of 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. Read the full story, here:
  1. Juan Gabriel Moreno, Chicago
    Vishaan Chakrabarti calls Juan Gabriel Moreno a "taker of risk." Moreno is not concerned with creating the next high-profile tower on the skyline; he aims to uplift the underdogs in overlooked communities. And he does it with bold shapes and eye-catching colors. Read Juan's full profile, here: Photo by Debbie Carlos.
  2. Nadine Maleh, NYC
    "Maleh's career demonstrates why it is important to renovate, not just build fresh," Alexandra Lange says of Maleh’s work in New York City. "She has consistently sought solutions to improve the life of poor urban populations without displacement and without wrenching compromise." Read Nadine's full profile, here: Photo by Ball & Albanese
  3. SO-IL, Brooklyn
    The Brooklyn-based SO-IL, founded by a trio of expats, isn’t afraid to push boundaries or have a little fun with their projects. "SO-IL is one of the most inventive young firms practicing in the US," opines architect Deborah Berke. "I love how their work blurs the line between indoors and out, especially at their new art museum at UC Davis." Read the full profile, here: Photo by Winnie Au.
  4. Sharon Davis, NYC
    Sharon Davis’s practice may be based in New York, but she spends her days working with humanitarian organizations around the world to create, as Mabel O. Wilson describes it, "elegant and functional civic architecture." Read her profile, here: Photo by Ball & Albanese
  5. Paul Lukez, Boston
    Sustainability has been key to architect Paul Lukez’s practice long before it became mainstream. He works with a "sensitivity to climate and materials," according to Vishaan Chakrabarti, whether the project is a private home in Massachusetts or a health center in Honduras. Read Paul's full profile, here: Photo by Tony Luong.
  6. Kyle Fishburn, Los Angeles
    Kyle Fishburn has made a name for himself working with local communities in Haiti, designing and building classrooms and medical facilities. "He gets his hands dirty," writes Berke. "His practice works directly with communities and encourages a sense of engagement and ownership, which helps make his projects successful." Read his full profile, here: Photo by Sam Frost