High-rise living has become an increasingly prominent facet of urban life, emblematic of the ongoing transformation of our cities. The soaring skyscrapers that dot the skylines of major metropolitan areas across North America offer a unique perspective on contemporary living, combining the allure of modern architecture with the convenience of vertical density and amenities galore.

Recognizing this unique trend in the marketplace, Zonda, the parent company of ARCHITECT, is convening some of the industry’s foremost experts at Elevate, a new conference scheduled to take place at the iconic Fontainebleau Miami Beach Dec. 4–6. The premier gathering in the high-rise industry unites the best minds to chart the course for the future of high-rise living, and showcases an impressive lineup of industry luminaries including Gil Dezer of Dezer Development, Bernardo Fort-Brescia, FAIA, of Arquitectonica, and Michael Stern of JDS Development Group, just to name a few. The event will also recognize Lauren Rottet of Rottet Studio as the "Architect and Designer of the Year" and David Martin from Terra as the "Developer of the Year." Here, to celebrate the visionary work of Rottet and Martin, we delve into their creative brilliance and innovative contributions that have left an indelible mark on creating truly livable high-rise communities. —Paul Makovsky