Mollie Claypool

Mollie Claypool is a historian, theorist and critic of architecture. She is currently a Lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett, UCL, where she is Co-Director of Design Computation LabBSc Architecture Programme Director and Design Tutor for MArch Architecture Unit 19. She was a Course Master in History and Theory Studies at the AA from 2009-2017 and was a Tutor in the Design Research Laboratory from 2009-2015. Other teaching includes positions the University of Reading and the University of Brighton.

Her research interests include the history and theory of design computation, including design, fabrication and assembly methods, technologies and techniques utilising automation, digital materials, open-source platforms, industrial robotics and large-scale 3D printing. She is interested in how these technologies can provide alternative futures, speculating on how architecture can respond to, and disrupt, contemporary social, political and economic conditions, enabling post-work, post-capitalist societies to emerge. 

Her work has been exhibited widely including in Europe, North America and Japan. She is a regular guest critic at universities in the US and Europe, most recently the University of Syracuse, AA School of Architecture, University of Westminster and Pratt Institute. She presents her work at conferences and symposia in the UK and internationally including ACSA, RIBA and Royal Academy of Art.

Mollie is currently on the Editorial Board for Enquiry: The ARCC Journal for Architectural Research and was Web Master for the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) from 2009-2015 and was on the Editorial Team for Architectural Histories: the open access journal of the EAHN. She gained her B.Arch with Honours from Pratt Institute and her MA in Histories and Theories of Architecture with Distinction from the AA. She is currently a PhD candidate in Architecture at the Bartlett, UCL where her work received the CCA’s Collection Research Grant in 2015.

Mollie actively writes for and edits books and articles about architectural design, history and theory. She has worked with Phaidon Press, RCA, Journal of Architecture, Routledge and AA Publications and in 2017 published a book with Laurence King Publishing on the life of Antoni Gaudi titled This is Gaudi. She is currently working on a book on architecture and automation with colleagues in Design Computation Lab.

Jeroen van Ameijde

Jeroen van Ameijde is Design Tutor in MArch Unit 19 at The Bartlett, a Unit Master at the Architectural Association and partner and director at Urban Systems, an office specialising in generative architecture.

He has coordinated and co-directed the design and development of several large scale projects with clients and collaborators in China, including a 400,000 m2 retail mall complex and two residential projects in Changyuan, Henan, and the Zigong Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Sichuan province, China. Before founding Urban Systems, Jeroen has worked for more than ten years 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’. In Hong Kong he worked with RAD (formerly OMA-Asia) as project architect on several projects including the Taj Hotel in Noida, India, and the Starcenter University Library in Jeonju, South Korea.

Jeroen has been teaching at the Architectural Association since 2007 in various roles. As Head of Digital Prototyping, he led the creation, management and rapid expansion of the AA Digital Prototyping Lab. As Course Tutor in the AA DRL graduate programme he taught a studio titled 'Machinic Control' together with Marta Male-Alemany, which' work was published and exhibited internationally. Since 2010 he is a Unit Master of Intermediate Unit 6 which investigates the critical application of innovative digital design and construction processes within dense urban contexts. He is the director of the ‘MakeLab’ and Kuwait Visiting Schools 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 and is a registered architect in The Netherlands and the UK.

with members of Design Computation Lab

Gilles Retsin

Gilles Retsin is a London based architect and designer investigating new architectural models that engage with the potential of increased computational power and fabrication to generate buildings and objects with a previously unseen structure, detail and materiality. His work is interested in the impact of computation on the core principles of architecture – the bones rather than the skin. The practice has developed numerous provocative proposals for international competitions, and is currently working on a a range of schemes, among them a 10000 m2 museum in China. His work has been acquired by the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and he has exhibited internationally in museums such as the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Design Exchange Toronto and the Zaha Hadid Gallery in London. He has been invited professor at the Texas A&M University, and has lectured and acted as guest critic in numerous universities internationally. He is Program Director of the BPro MArch Architectural Design (AD) at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London where he also runs Research Cluster 4 with Manuel Jimenez Garcia. Gilles Retsin studied in Belgium, Chile and the UK, where he obtained a masters from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab. Prior to founding his own practice, he worked in Switzerland as a project architect with Christian Kerez, and in London with Kokkugia.

Manuel Jimenez Garcia

Manuel Jimenez García is the co-founder and principal of madMdesign, a computational design practice based in London. His work has been exhibited worldwide in venues such as Centre Pompidou (Paris),  Canada´s Design Museum (Toronto), Royal Academy of Arts (London), Zaha Hadid Design Gallery (London), Clerkenwell Design Week (London) and X Spanish Architectural Biennale (Madrid). Alongside his practice, Manuel has lectured, taught and attended juries internationally. He is currently a Lecturer in Architecture at The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL (London). He is programme director of MSc Architectural Computation (AC), and co-founder of Design Computation Lab. He runs Research Cluster 4 at the MArch Architectural Design (AD) and MArch Unit 19; in addition, he curates Plexus, a multidisciplinary lecture series based on computational design; he is also the director of the AA Visiting School Madrid. He has recently been awarded with the Best Emerging Research Award in Acadia 2016 Posthuman Frontiers. Manuel holds a Masters in Architecture + Urbanism (AADRL) from Architectural Association and a Masters in Design and Computer modelling from CICE new technologies professional school. He has worked as an architect for the offices of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Minimaforms and Amid(cero9), participating actively in multiple international recognised projects.

Vicente Soler

Vicente Soler is a Teaching Fellow in The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where he works in B-Made as the robotics guru, Design Tutor in MArch Architectural Design Research Cluster 4 and teaches in the Bartlett Open Classes.


Previous incarnations of Unit 19 have included Philippe Morel and Kasper Ax.