School of Architecture, CUHK

Prof. VAN AMEIJDE, Jeroen (梵敏淵)

Assistant Professor

MSc Arch & Bldg Tech (TU Delft)
Reg Arch (UK), ARB, RIBA

Rm. 205, Lee Shau Kee Architecture Building, CUHK

3943 6588


Jeroen van Ameijde is Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a partner of Urban Systems Office, London, a practice specialising in generative design processes for architectural and urban applications. Before joining CUHK, he taught at the Architectural Association for 11 years in several roles, including as Course Tutor in the graduate school and as Unit Master in the undergraduate programme. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Bartlett, University College London, and has organised numerous workshops in collaboration with universities and institutions worldwide. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and a registered architect in the UK (ARB).

As a co-founder and director of Urban Systems Office, Jeroen has coordinated strategic design and consultancy projects for clients in China, including real estate developers and the Changsha High Speed Rail City Development Authority. The Office has designed master planning projects in collaboration with Chinese design institutions, engineers at Tongji University and ARUP London. It has also designed residential and mixed-use schemes in Changyuan, Henan province, and a Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sichuan province, China. Urban Systems Office was a finalist in the international competition for the “Changsha Centre”, a mixed-use complex that included a 400m tall office tower. ­

Jeroen’s research interests focus on the intersection between urban design and architecture at dense urban locations. His work explores how in this area of application, the organisation and mixing of social, cultural and economic activities can be guided through advanced computational methods for data management and design testing. He employs “generative design” as a methodology to develop programmatically complex urban and architectural proposals, as well as a value system to evaluate and speculate how these interventions can contribute to the growth and development of the city over time.

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Research Interests

  • High-density Architecture and Urbanism
  • Urban Ecologies
  • Generative Design
  • Construction Technologies


van Ameijde, J. “Generative Architectural Design and Build Strategies Based on the Mapping of Human Behaviour.” In Proceedings of the 35th International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction, 537-44. Berlin: International Association of Automation and Robotics in Construction, 2018. https://isarc2018.blogs.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/iaarc-community-and-annual-isarc/.

van Ameijde, J. and Y. Song. “Data-Driven Urban Porosity, Incorporating Parameters of Public Space into a Generative Urban Design Process.” In Learning, Adapting and Prototyping – Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, vol. 1, edited by T. Fukuda, W. Huang, P. Janssen, K. Crolla, and S. Alhadidi, 173-82. Hong Kong: The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA), 2018.

van Ameijde, J. and B. Carlin. “Emergent Urban Ecologies: The Edge Space in Urban Vietnam.” In Arch+ Magazine 227, February 2017. http://www.s-t-x.net/?page_id=1075

van Ameijde, J., B. Carlin, and D. Vlieghe. “Emergent Constructions: Experiments Towards Generative On-site Design and Build Strategies Using Customised Digital Devices.” In ACADIA 12: Synthetic Digital Ecologies – Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA), 539-45. San Francisco: California College of the Arts, 2012.

van Ameijde, J. “Fabrication-based Design.” In SPACE Magazine 538, September 2012, 80-87.

van Ameijde, J. and Carlin, B. “Digital Construction: Automated Design and Construction Experiments Using Customised On-Site Digital Devices.” In Digital Physicality – Proceedings of the 30th eCAADe Conference, vol. 2, edited by H. Achten, J. Pavlicek, J. Hulin, and D. Matejovska, 439-46. Prague: Czech Technical University in Prague, 2012.

Male-Alemany, M., J. van Ameijde, and V. Vina. “(FAB)BOTS, Customised Robotic Devices for Design and Fabrication.” In Fabricate: Making Digital Architecture, edited by R. Glynn and B. Sheil, 40-47. London: Riverside Architectural Press, 2011.

van Ameijde, J. “Digital Prototyping at the Architectural Association.” In File to Factory. The Design and Fabrication of Innovative Forms in a Continuum, edited by M. Voyatzaki, 107-11. Thessaloniki: Art of Text, 2010.

Honours and Recognitions

Honourable Mention in Master Planning, “The Plan” Awards 2015, for the project “Changyuan CBD Masterplan”.

RIBA Windows 2015 Shanghai, selected as one of the 10 UK practices to collaborate with Shanghai Xintiandi and the Culture and Education Section of the British Consulate General in Shanghai.

Finalist, 2014 International Competition for the “Changsha Centre”, invited by Beijing North Star Group.

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