Ate Atema, Bruce Fowle, and Yaiza Armbruster will discuss the business of design, drawing from their own experiences as architectural entrepreneurs.
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.
Bruce Fowle co-founded FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, PC in 1978 on the philosophical basis that architecture must be conscious and respectful of context and utility while enriching the human experience. Since that time, he has guided his firm to international recognition for excellence in design and environmental responsibility. His work has earned the firm major awards, including a 2001 AIA National Honor Award for Design for the Conde Nast Building. His work includes the New York Times building, a new School of Management at Syracuse University, the preliminary design for Manhattan’s new Second Avenue Subway, and the expansion of the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Bruce helped create and mobilize New York New Visions, a coalition of organizations helping shape the planning and design response to the destruction of the World Trade Center.
Yaiza A. Armbruster founded Atelier Armbruster in 2010 after leaving her previous position of six years as an architect at Selldorf Architects. Before that, she worked in Spain and Germany and trained as an architect and engineer (Dipl. Ing.) in her native city of Munich, Germany. Yaiza and her team have worked on a range of private and commercial projects in the New York area. She credits much of her strong understanding of space and attention to detail to her German education, as well as her various fellowships in a number of different countries from India to Spain.
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