HR&A Advisors Opens Atlanta Office to Continue Advancing Transformative Economic Development Work Across the Southeast 

HR&A Advisors is proud to announced the opening of our Atlanta office in Tech Square in Midtown Atlanta. Led by Partner Mason Ailstock, the expansion will anchor the firm’s ongoing work throughout the southeast, which focuses on transformative and equitable regional development and includes multi-faceted projects in higher education, real estate, transportation, housing, innovation, infrastructure, and open space.
The announcement follows the hiring of two new Senior Analysts in the office, Christina De Giulio and Christopher Broughton. Both bring extensive experience in the Atlanta metro area and across the southeast and will support real estate and economic development projects for the office.
“Since joining HR&A nearly two years ago, I’ve worked to develop the firm’s Knowledge Economy practice, leveraging the innovation economy to guide transformative development,” said Ailstock. “Launching an Atlanta office will allow HR&A to support an even broader audience in the southeast and provide industry-leading services to help guide a just and resilient recovery.”


HR&A is committed to supporting communities across the nation, and formally expanding into the American southeast will bring us closer to that goal. Our projects in Georgia and the surrounding states advance our work to guide an equitable recovery from the pandemic and create more resilient, just communities. Under Mason’s leadership, the Atlanta office will continue HR&A’s work improving the region’s innovation districts, housing, transit, and public spaces.
– Eric Rothman, CEO

For more than 20 years, HR&A has led groundbreaking, innovative projects across the southeast. This includes work in metro Atlanta:

  • Advising on the development of Rowen, the 2,000-acre knowledge community connecting industry and education – with economic impact at scale. Located in the Atlanta Metro Region halfway between Atlanta and Athens, the Gwinnett County site is projected to create nearly 100,000 jobs and generate up to $10 billion in annual income at full buildout.
  • Guiding the Atlanta University Center Campus Master Plan with financial feasibility and economic development analyses, resulting in identification of opportunities for the schools to consolidate facilities and integrate with the surrounding community through mixed-use development on university owned property surrounding the AUC.
  • Partnering with Gwinnett County to lead the Gwinnett Place Mall Equity Plan, which will serve as the foundation for the site’s redevelopment and drive inclusive, equitable development and business opportunities for all of the County’s diverse communities.
  • Shaping Georgia Tech’s Tech Square in the heart of Midtown Atlanta where the firm developed a refined vision for the innovation district by identifying and applying best practices in placemaking, real estate value creation, and governance.
  • Working on multiple projects with MARTA and the Atlanta BeltLine, exploring opportunities to leverage transit infrastructure investments to foster economic development, access to opportunity, and increase mobility.
  • Supporting Resilient Atlanta, a comprehensive and actionable plan to address regional challenges while building capacity to better anticipate and respond to future climate change related shocks.
  • Working with the Atlanta Apartment Association to develop models that demonstrate the drivers of housing affordability and cost in the region and understand the impacts of municipal policies on affordability.
  • Developing a multi-pronged approach on behalf of the Buckhead Community Improvement District to meet residential demand and expand housing options across a broad range of household incomes in the Buckhead area.