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ATA Architects & Planners was born from Austin Tao & Associates Inc., a St. Louis, USA based design firm founded by Austin Tao in 1980. Having Practised for over 30 years in the United States, Mr. Tao, his designs, and his firm have been recognized, respected, and decorated as one of top in their field. In 2004, A representative office was established in Beijing and has grown to become the current office of ATA Architects & Planners. In 2008, Austin Tao & Associates merged with the Architecture Firm in St. Louis, The Lawrence Group, Inc. ATA Architects & Planner remains independently operated. Since then, two other Studios of ATA have been established in Chile and the United States.

ATA Studios are efficiently operated and closely managed by its founding Principals and the Studio’s Design Directors. Each studio focuses on specific issues and the demands from the local markets, carrying projects from conceptual planning to design implementation. Benefiting from our global network, ATA is capable of providing creative ideas to our clients, bringing the best resources to any given project.


ATA Architects & Planners is a multi-discipline design firm committed to creating exceptional and sustainable built environment. Working from multiple locations in the United States, China and Chile, we provide comprehensive services in master planning, architecture, landscape architecture and interior design.

Design Integrity

We see the built environment is like the human body: an integrated system that can be studied in parts but never performs independently. At ATA, we treat site and space like our bodies, working beyond boundaries between inside and outside. Our thoughts and efforts are not constrained by territories between Planning, Architecture or Landscape. All of our projects are done by close collaborations between planners, architects and landscape architects. As a result, the design is able to create a space with the highest level of sophistication and harmony.

Timeless Quality

We focus on high quality of work and sustainable growth. In each project, regardless size and budget, we dedicate our time and passion to deep thinking and comprehensive study. What guide us are not the trends or personal desires, but the full respect and sincere care to people, the land and environment.

We believe that good design provides timeless beauty and longevity-- it is what we constantly pursue, exceptional quality and value. In this ever-changing world, we look for the values that are consistent with humanity and the laws of nature, and apply them to the design to create places that grow and adapt over time.