Generative Processes in Architecture and Urbanism


Material_Codes is collection of design and research projects investigating the cross-contamination between architecture and digital fabrication technologies. The projects and experiments are conducted by Jeroen van Ameijde in collaboration with several others teachers and researchers in architecture, or are conceived by students participating in workshops and design studios taught within this context.

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.