Jeroen van Ameijde
Partner, Director

Jeroen van Ameijde is a Unit Master at the Architectural Association and partner and director at Urban Systems, responsible for the management, research and design direction of the office. He has coordinated and co-directed the design and development of several large scale projects with clients and collaborators in China, including the 400,000 m2 ‘Changyuan CBD Mall’ complex, the ‘Yung Gardens’ and ‘East Gardens’ residential projects and several design research projects including the Changyuan CBD Masterplan, the ‘Changsha Northstar Delta’ project and the Yung Gardens Science Museum.

Before founding Urban Systems, Jeroen has worked for more than ten years as design architect and project architect in several innovative and award-winning international offices in The Netherlands, London, New York and Hong Kong. With Contemporary Architecture Practice in New York he has worked as design architect on several high profile projects such as the Reebok flagship store in Shanghai and the PS1 competition proposal for the MoMA in New York, as well as several publications including the book ‘Catalytic Formations’ and articles published in several leading architectural journals. In Hong Kong he worked with RAD (formerly OMA-Asia) as project architect on several projects including the Taj Hotel in Noida, India, the Shangri-La hotel in Xiamen, China, and the Starcenter University Library in Jeonju, South Korea. Jeroen has been teaching at the Architectural Association in London for more than seven years, since 2010 as Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 which investigates the critical application of innovative digital design and construction processes within dense urban contexts. He has taught workshops in many universities and institutions worldwide, including with AA Visiting Schools in London, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg and Taipei. He is the director of the ‘MakeLab’ Visiting School and has published and lectured about digital design and fabrication worldwide.

Jeroen received a Master of Science degree in Architecture and Building Technologies from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. He is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is a registered architect in The Netherlands (SBA) and the UK (ARB).


Brendon Carlin

Brendon Carlin is a Unit Master at the Architectural Association and partner and director at Urban Systems, responsible for management, research and design direction of the office. He has coordinated and co-directed the design of several large scale projects with clients and collaborators, including the 238m tall, 290,000 square meter, mixed use ‘Changyuan CBD Towers’ complex, the currently under construction 5.5 million square meter ‘Changyuan CBD Masterplan’, the ‘Twin Towers’ and the ‘Changsha Northstar Delta’ projects.

Before founding Urban Systems Brendon practised in the United States, China, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. He collaborated on a diverse range of projects as a design architect including Raffles City Hangzhou with UN Studio in Amsterdam, first-prize winning competitions with Plasma Studio in London, urban proposals with Relational Urbanism in London and a range of projects in his native Colorado. Through research, teaching and practice, Brendon continues an exploration into experimental generative design processes and fabrication systems mechanistically focused on the design of cities and buildings as user-adaptable frameworks to stage socio-cultural and economic exchange and negotiation; ultimately becoming accelerants for technological, societal and typological evolution. Brendon currently pursues this and other areas of research as a Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 at the Architectural Association, which he has mentored since 2011. He has been an instructor for six years with several courses at progressive institutions worldwide including the post-graduate course ‘Territorialism’ with the Berlage Institute and the Architectural Associations ‘Design+Make’ masters program. He has taught in various workshops at Harvard’s GSD and the AA including AA visiting schools in Beijing, and MakeLab at Hooke Park.

Brendon received a masters degree in Architecture and Urbanism at the Architectural Association of London’s Design Research Laboratory, and an undergraduate of Environmental Design in Architecture at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating first in class.


Yan Qin

Yan Qin is a partner at Urban Systems responsible for cultural and economic research and office development. Independently, he has been involved with several community development, design and construction projects in China for many years including an award winning private school for primary and secondary education and a large 500-bed hospital that is slated to become one of the premier specialist treatment centres in China. His design and project management experience includes large scale mixed-use developments ranging from various scales of residential buildings including retail services to high-rise hotel and office complexes. Through the practice he continues to pursue research into Urban Growth strategies and the effects of rapid urbanisation, providing consultation to political and private entities that are constructing the future of China’s built environment.

Yan received a RIBA part 1 qualification from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and received a masters degree from the University of Cambridge for Planning, Growth and Regeneration at the Land Economy Department, completing his dissertation on the structural social and economic changes related to large scale urbanisation projects in China.