Atema Architecture is an innovative architectural firm based in New York City with a specialization in commercial and residential projects. We focus on identifying the unique DNA of each client’s needs and goals, and translating that into memorable projects. To that end, we seek clients who share our belief that design is an opportunity for exploration, that design provides opportunities to create a better world, and that everything we build is a reflection of our values. We have long experience in effectively integrating sustainable design strategies into our work, and we place a particular emphasis on creating strong collaborative teams with our clients, consultants, and builders from the outset of every project.


ate atema

Ate Atema is the founder and Managing Principal of Atema Architecture.  His award-winning firm has created over one hundred projects for commercial and residential clients in the New York area and around the country.  Prior to founding his own firm, Ate was a Senior Architect at Bennett Lowry, designing and managing retail projects and roll-outs both in New York and around the globe for clients including DKNY, CK Calvin Klein, and Anne Klein.  He also worked at Asfour/Guzy Architects, focusing on residential and commercial interior projects.  While in graduate school, Ate worked in the office of Frank Gehry as part of the project teams for the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Ate holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University, and is a licensed Architect in the state of New York.  He is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation grant and has been a featured speaker at the New York Times Cities for Tomorrow Conference and TED.

chris alker

Chris Alker is the Senior Architect at Atema Architecture. He is a New York State Registered Architect who has been working in New York City on high end residential and commercial construction since 2004.  He studied urban design and theory while attending the University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his Bachelor of Architecture, and complemented his studies with an apprenticeship to a master carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area thereafter.  His experience includes a wide range of building and renovation projects, numerous online & print publications, countless DJ gigs, and a guest lecture for Yale University's American Studies program. Outside of the office his passion for creativity extends to writing, teaching, and music. His travels have taken him to Berlin, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Amsterdam, Vienna, & Taipei so far.

eugene tan

Eugene is a Senior Designer at Atema Architecture. He joined the office after obtaining his Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the National University of Singapore where he graduated with First Class Honors and received the ICI Dulux Medal. During his studies, Eugene spent a semester at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), worked as a Teaching Fellow at Yale University, and interned at Alejandro Aravena / ELEMENTAL in Santiago, Chile. In 2013, the National Heritage Board of Singapore awarded Eugene the Heritage Project Grant for work on the architecture website, www.stateofbuildings.sg, for which he still functions as Editor.

past & present team members

Chris Alker, Suzan Babaa, Graysen Babbitt, Ryan Bemberg, Amy Campos, Sonya Chao, Eric Cheong, Angie Co, Kevin Crouse, Kasia Ehrhardt, Mark Fagan, Jeanie Fan, Tommy Frost, Megan Fullagar, Nina Gotlieb, Brad Groff, Mie Kimura, Alise Lamothe, Carl Mahaney, Sara Margolis, Deric Mizokami, Ryan Muhl, Li Qiu, Courtney Rice, Julia Savastinuk, Michael Scaduto, Drew Seskunas, Eugene Tan, Kristen Turner, Velba Villanueva, Dolly Yarur


Amnesty International
Blue Ridge Foundation New York
The Collective Museum
Endeavor Global
Fitz & Co
Katzenbach Partners
The Nature Conservancy