If you’ve recently visited the BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, driven down Interstate 75 near the Chattahoochee River, or ridden MARTA near the airport, you’ve passed a part of the city touched by architect Jordache Avery.
Not yet 40, the Florida native has built a practice that is now one of the busiest boutique firms in the city, having completed more than $100 million worth of projects.
But success was far from certain when he arrived in Atlanta on the brink of the Great Recession—a fresh college grad inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright in a city more enamored with Philip Trammell Shutze.
Moreover, while storied Black-owned firms like Turner Associates and Stanley, Love-Stanley are nationally recognized commercial practices here, Black residential architects are still rare. So, Avery started small, by tearing down his own house.