The 40 Under 40 Awards presented by the Atlanta Business Chronicle highlight Atlanta’s rising leaders, those who are setting the bar when it comes to raising up the community and brightening Atlanta’s business stage.  Our own Andrew Cogar rose to the top of  a pool of more than 550 of Atlanta’s young up and comers.  Here’s why the Atlanta Business Chronicle chose Andrew as one of the 2011 honorees:

Andrew Cogar, partner at Historical Concepts, is helping to change the face of residential and mixed-use development throughout the Southeast.

The architect has managed some of Historical Concepts’ most prominent projects, including the design of Beaux Arts estate Buckhead, which was one of the most expensive homes sold in Atlanta in 2011.

He is vice president of the Southeast chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts, and holds a spot on the organization’s national board of directors.

“Many people don’t know this but there are only two schools now that formally instruct classical architecture. It is a dying trade that we are trying to revive through education, advocacy and public lectures,” he said.

He is also a founding member of the Atlanta chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and an advocate for reducing urban sprawl. Cogar leads a team of architects and planners from a live-work building in Glenwood Park, an award–winning new urban development in East Atlanta.

His leadership skills and commitment to the community were honed during 12 years in the U.S. Army and Georgia Army National Guard. While on a tour of duty in Iraq with the Army Corps of Engineers, he designed and coordinated the construction of military and civilian projects, including the reconstruction of the U.S. Air Base in Al Taji. Closer to home, he led community service projects in and around Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart.

Cogar already has several projects in the pipeline for 2012, including a 300-acre mixed-use development in Columbus.

Photo Credit:  Emily Jenkins Followill