Ate Atema is the Managing Principal of Atema Architecture. He 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.

Ate's work experience includes two summers in the office of Frank Gehry while in graduate school, working on the project teams for the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum, the "Fred and Ginger" office building in Prague, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. After his years in Los Angeles, Ate moved back to New York and worked at Asfour/Guzy Architects, focusing on residential and commercial interior projects. He then worked at Bennett Lowry for three years, becoming a Senior Architect and managing retail projects both in New York and around the globe for clients including DKNY, CK Calvin Klein, and Anne Klein, before opening his office in 1998.

Ate was born in the Netherlands and grew up on Cape Cod. He has lived in Boston, Amsterdam, Milan, Tokyo and Los Angeles, and has been living in New York since 1993.