Alter Atlas Architecture is a Melbourne-based practice led by Burmese-Australian Architect Steven Chu. We operate with analytical rigour and narrative to enrich lives and diversify discourse. Scholarly, allegorical and thoughtfully executed, our built work and research catalyse new interpretations of the practice of architecture as intellectual and cultural production. An organisation designed for ideas, experimentation and dialogue, Alter Atlas Architecture engages with people and place to form, together, the world we want to live in.
We were placed top five in Australia in the final shortlist for the 2019 National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission.
Steven studied architecture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) with the late Gold Medal-winning Architect Peter Corrigan AM, graduating with a Master of Architecture with Distinction with a High Distinction thesis proposing a World Institute for the Pursuit of Truth and Human Rights.
His skills and contributions have spanned a diverse range of project types including State and Federal Government funded hospitals, high-density and medium density residential developments, educational and research facilities, cultural redevelopments, private residences and pro-bono work in the humanitarian sector.
With extensive experience in successfully built and award-winning projects in Australia across residential, commercial, education and healthcare sectors, he advocates a design approach that strives toward culturally engaged, environmentally responsive and ethical built outcomes.
Steven teaches Architecture at the University of Melbourne and RMIT University with a socratic, discursive and rigorous framework driven by intellect, analysis and narrative to challenge ideological preconceptions and misconceptions, aspirational moorings and prevailing hubris that leave individuals and societies impotent to enact meaningful change. In parallel, Steven serves as the Founder and Community Lead at the multi-disciplinary Habitat Co-working community in Fitzroy North.
2019 National Gallery of Victoria Architecture Commission Finalist
ARBV Accredited Architecture Practice
1/430 Rae Street, Fitzroy North, VIC 3068, Australia