Atema Architecture is an innovative architectural firm based in New York City and focused on commercial and residential projects. We seek clients who share our belief that design is an opportunity for exploration and innovation, 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 experiences 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 & Taipei so far.


Kristen is the Head of Strategy and Administration at Atema Architecture.   Prior to joining the firm, she served on the Strategy and Corporate Development team and in the Office of the CEO at Bloomberg L.P., working on projects including client relationship management, organizational restructuring and professionalizing functions across the company, crisis management and corporate communications. 

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and has previously worked for The Mayor’s Office of the City of New York, Universal Music Group in New York, the State of Texas office, and The Overseas Private Investment Corporation in Washington, D.C.

eugene tan

Eugene is a 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.

Mark Fagan

Mark is a Junior Designer at Atema Architecture. Originally from Southern California, Mark earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. Alongside his academic endeavors, he worked as a Research Assistant, Archivist, and co-managed the Architecture Department’s Fabrication Lab and Print Center. Mark’s professional experience subsequent to his graduation includes a year at BF Designs / Tahoe Engineering as an Architectural Designer.  

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

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