Martijn de Geus

Martijn de Geus

Beijing, CN



Martijn de Geus has experience in working in acclaimed architectural and urban design offices around the world. He lived, worked and studied in Europe, USA and China, involved as a design professional for 6+ years in over forty projects in twelve countries. He has seen recognition for his design talent through worldwide publications and award winning entries in international design competitions.

- he won his first public building commission ‘BlackBox’ at age 19,

- was in charge of its design and construction and the building opened the year after, age 20

- he is the youngest designer ever featured in the renowned Japanese A+U magazine. 

- has a BSc from Delft University of Technology and an MArch from Tsinghua University, CN

- pursuing part-time PhD at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (prof. Lefaivre)

- founded the trans-disciplinary, collaborative practice Vision Included in 2008

- well embedded within the academic world, what results in teaching experience and lecturing invitations beyond the architectural field.

- released his first magazine manifest in nov 2010, 'Towards a Future Habitat'

- teaching assistant for English Master Program at Tsinghua University, Beijing 
- currently heading the design for a prestigious 6km2 urban retreat in Ningbo
- editor for World Architecture Magazine


I believe in the possibility to grasp individual potential together and then work as a collaborative team; in our pursuit to define the future habitat.

- I have the ability to inspire; and activate individuals within a collective vision.
- I can find clear, concise, comprehensive and creative solutions for complex problems.

Martijn's School Blog on Archinect:

China Builds : Mainland China's only English MArch program

In the School of Architecture, the English Program for Master Architecture (EPMA) provides an accredited post-professional program in integrated architectural design. It combines a global network with local implementation. The program is focused on the construction of the human habitat in China, and the application of advanced building technologies.

Category Title


World Architecture Magazine, Beijing, CN, Editor

Aug 2012 - current

Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN, EPMA Teaching Staff

Apr 2012 - current

Li Xiaodong Atelier, Beijing, CN, Project Leader/ Architect

Oct 2010 - current

Vision Included, Rotterdam, NL, Design Director/ Founder

Nov 2008 - current

Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN, Assistant Researcher

Sep 2010 - May 2012

MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL, Architect

Feb 2010 - Jul 2010

MVRDV, Rotterdam, NL, Architect

May 2009 - Jul 2009

Marc Koehler Architects, Amsterdam, NL, Project Architect

Sep 2008 - Jun 2009

Behnisch Architekten, Los Angeles, CA, US, Junior Designer

Mar 2008 - Nov 2008


Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna, AT, PhD, Architecture Theory

Starting part-time PhD with Prof. Lefaivre.

Jan 2012 - current

Tsinghua University, Beijing, CN, MArch, EPMA

International program for post-professional master degree at Asia's top university in Beijing.

Sep 2010 - Jan 2012

Delft University of Technology, Delft, NL, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2004 - Jan 2008


Best Urban Planning - AIM Competition 2011, 1st Place

Overall winner - best urban planning in AIM Competition 2011
Topic: green transformation of former steel factory site in south-west Beijing.

Within Beijing we observe the potential to define urban anchor points with distinct identities. Three of such clusters are already well established (Haidian, CBD, Shunyi), if the New Southwest clusters is to compete with these areas, it needs a truly unique identity. Within our view of the Long Life Strategy, it is eminent to start with these observations, creating a legacy that inspires future generations.

So we canʼt propose more of the same superficial, arrogant, shiny image of premature urban infusion. No more glittery high rise egotistical urban nothingness.

We propose a truthful, authentic and unique experience. An identity constructed by substance. Through its functional meaning, the high quality living environment, the community potential and its strong connections to the surrounding urban fabric, the Shougang area can become a true Urban Habitat. Our proposal is based on regional typological precedents that created unique points of urban refuge areas within the traditional Chinese urban fabric. (e.g. Summer Palace, Forbidden City, Siheyuan, etc).

The former Ertong Factory site thus becomes a specific urban oasis, an urban monument perhaps, inside the desert of generic buildings that Beijing has come to be.


Community Center Belgium - Open Oproep 1609, 1st Place

Multifunctional village accomodation
This design concerns a community center in Loker, West-Flanders, Belgium. Loker is a village with 600 inhabitants and has a rich community life, that required a replacement of the existing village meeting center. In our proposal parts of the existing building remain as a compact box that houses the fixed program. Over it, we designed a large roof-scape, that blends in with the topography of the neighborhood and the typologies of the surrounding houses.

Project is recently completed, will open on September 30th, as it was selected winner of the ‘Open Oproep 1609’, an invited competition organized by the Belgium association of architects.


Startersstipendium, Grant

Prestigious starting stipend for developing ‘Vision Included’,
by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (Fonds BKVB). Only three individuals per year.


Building for Bouwkunde competition, Honorable Mention

On 13 May 2008, the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Delft was reduced to ashes. The Dutch architectural community was in shock. Nevertheless, this community soon joined forces to set to work again. After all, the loss of the faculty building also offers new opportunities. That's why the Faculty decided to organize an international open ideas competition.

Honorable mention:
With almost 1500 registrations and a final of 471 international submission, we are very proud to announce that our design ‘Ego-eco System’ has been awarded an honorable mention in the TU Delft 'Building for Bouwkunde' competition.


Who comes after Koolhaas? new Stylos Pavilion, 1st Place

At the start of November 2005 the D.B.S.G. Stylos student society of the faculty of Architecture of the TU Delft held a competition for a new pavilion.

The jury, consisiting of Jo Soeter, Jo Coenen, bOb van Reeth, Mick Eekhout, Kees Kaan, Sasha Klinkhamer, Patrick van Dijk and Thijs Paardenkooper, conducted their first round of deliberations in December 2005, at the end of which 58 designs had been sifted out and 6 remained. The designers of these 6 concepts were then given the chance to further develop their plans under the supervision of university teachers and to present them for the second jury round. This finally took place at the end of March 2006 and the jury considered my BlackBox to be the most suitable new Stylos pavilion.

Definition Black Box:
"A device or theoretical construct with known or specified performance characteristics but unknown or unspecified constituents; and means of operation."
"Something that is mysterious, especially as to function."


Areas of Specialization