TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw is a Ghent (B) based practice established in 2011 by Bram Aerts and Carolien Pasmans. We are a group of talented and highly motivated architects and urban planners. In a short period of time, the office has built up a strong reputation at the forfront of a much acclaimed generation of Flemish design practices.

Major competition wins include the Royal Institute for Theater, Cinema & Sound in Brussels, the Cultural Center Ensemble in Ghent, the mixed use Dockside tower in Brussels and the Leietheater near Ghent that recently opened to the public. The office is working on large scale masterplans in the cities of Ghent, Eeklo, Turnhout, Hasselt and Pelt. Together with Carmody Groarke and RE-ST the office was selected as the winner of the international design competition for the Design Museum Ghent.

Bram and Carolien are committed educators at the Catholic University of Leuven, the University of Antwerp and at the Rotterdamse Academie voor Bouwkunst. They both lecture internationally on architecture and urbanism.

TRANS was shortlisted for the EU Mies van der Rohe Award 2019, laureat for the Architecture Prize Flemish Brabant 2015 and 2017, the Belgian Buildings Awards 2019, the Real Estate Awards 2019, BigMat awards 2019. In 2019 TRANS was also selected as a finalist for the Jo Crepain Awards for most innovative practice in Flanders.

The work of TRANS is published internationally. In 2018, a first monograph on the work of the practice was published by the renowned publishers nai | 010.


Bram Aerts

ir. architect, partner

Carolien Pasmans

ir. architect, partner

Paulien Herbots

ir. architect
KU Leuven 2012

Robin Cuvelier

KU Leuven campus Gent 2003

Sara Verstraete

ir. architect
UGent 2018

Michiel Weekers

KU Leuven campus Gent 2010

Pieter-Jan Vandenwijngaert

ir. architect
KU Leuven 2020

Jelle Segers

ir. architect
UGent 2020

Andrada Galan

KU Leuven campus Gent 2019

Luis Duarte Langerock

KU Leuven campus Gent 2021

Jorg Leemans

KU Leuven campus Brussel 2021

Deborah Vanden Brande

KU Leuven campus Gent 2000


Lovro Bradac

Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. 2018

Jürgen Van der Donckt

KU Leuven campus Gent 2000

Brecht Scheelen

UHasselt 2017

Han-Sol Hwang

ir. architect
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) 2020

Simon Vynckier

KU Leuven campus Gent 2015

Jan Szeliga

Warsaw University of Technology WAPW 2020

Aurore Hazée

KU Leuven campus Gent 2022

Gjiltinë Isufi

KU Leuven campus Gent 2022

Emile Marlein

ir. architect
Universiteit Gent 2021


Leietheater published in Vorteile

A view inside TRANS was published in A+ 296

Ryhove Urban Factory is featured in Architectuurkwaliteit Vandaag.

The renovation of the office building in the Aarlenstraat and Trierstraat in Brussels published in A+ nr. 295

Designmuseum published in A+ nr. 294

Leietheater published in Dimension nr. 61

Deelfabriek Kortrijk, DC Gentbrugge en Aarlen Trier published in A+ nr. 292


De Schoor, Schorvoort – Turnhout published in DORPSE ARCHITECTUUR

Ryhove Urban Factory published in Composite Presence

LEIETHEATER DEINZE PUBLISHED IN Architectures Wallonie-Bruxelles Inventaires #3 Inventories


Design Museum Ghent published in A +285

Competition Design Museum Ghent published in AV proyectos 099

Ryhove Urban Factory published in Flanders Architectural Review N°14

Ryhove Urban Factory published in A+ 284 special edition

De Schoor Turnhout published in A+ 283

City Made published by nai I 010

Leietheater Deinze published in De Standaard

Dockside Brussels published in A+ 280

Ryhove Urban Factory published in book of the EU Mies Award 2019

Ryhove Urban Factory published in A+ 273


Ryhove Urban Factory published in Belgium New Architecture 7

Kerkhofhuisje published in Provenciale architectuurprijs 2015

Cahier #003 Archipel

Cahier #5 Duurzame transformatie

Pilootprojecten Wonen

Pilootprojecten Collectief Wonen

Architectuurboek Vlaanderen n°11 2014

Pilootproject Schorvoort published in A+ 249

Keperke Dilbeek published in De Standaard

Open Oproep

Leietheater Deinze published in A+ 254


03.06.2022 – 07.10.2022

2022 EUmiesAWARDS EXHIBITION at Bozar Brussels


09.06.2022 – 23.10.2022

The Great Transformation – The work of TRANS is part of “PREFIGURATIONS, an exhibition on Architecture and Transitions.” More info:


28.04.2022 – …

Arsenaalsite Gent will be exhibited at the travelling exhibition ‘Stadsvernieuwing is mensenwerk’ about Urban Renewal; organised by Architecture Workroom Brussels.

9.10.2021 – 6.03.2022

Verbin’DING’ – From concept to plan

Exhibition about the new extension for the Design Museum, Ghent i.c.w. RE-ST and Carmody Groarke


22.05.2021 – 21.11.2021

Composite Presence – Biennale Architettura 2021

The scenography by Bovenbouw Architectuur shows a piece of urban landscape on a scale of 1/15. 50 recent projects by 45 contemporary Belgian practices contribute to the imaginary landscape. The project selection reveals the importance of the current policies in Belgium when it comes to city planning and tendering. Many of the designs in this cityscape stem from procedures set up by city architects, the Flemish Government Architect, and related committees and administrations. This model arrangement simulates the negotiated urban environment that has slowly emerged from this field of expertise.


Image by Carolien Vereecken en Nicolas De Paepe

12.09.2019 – 17.11.2019

Travelling exhibition EU Mies Award 2019 in Bozar Brussels

In April 2019, an international jury chaired by Dorte Mandrup selected a winner from the five remaining finalists for the EU Mies Award 2019 and an Emerging Architect Prize from the earlier shortlist of 40 projects. Since May, a traveling exhibition has been showing models, texts, videos, sketches and drawings of the 40 projects on the shortlist and a summary of all 383 nominees. This constellation spreads the work of European architects and leads to important discussions and collaborations about the way of designing and building, and the interpretation of places, cities and territories. Our project ‘Ryhove Urban Factory’ is on show.

10.10.2019 – 05.01.2020 en 19/01/2020 – 03/05/2020

Exhibition ‘Housing Apart Together’

In the ‘Housing Apart Together’ exhibition, Architectuurwijzer brings together 16 Flemish collective housing projects. Collective living is increasingly seen as a sustainable new form of living, but at the same time there are many questions about sharing and living together. Our project ‘Dockside’ is part of the exhibition.

19.10.2019 – 20.10.2019 and 26.10.2019 – 27.10.2019

Architectenhuiskamer Editie 11: FOUTLOOS

AHK presents the photo exhibition “FOUTLOOS”. Architecture publications show “the picture-perfect”. Is this error-free architecture of every realization a collection of (im-) perfection? Based on 2 photos, architects show their architecture and their attempt to strive for flawlessness.


22.09.2019 – 27.09.2019

Expo ‘Ontwerpen voor Gent’

Ghent houses two highly regarded architecture courses and therefore has a lot of potential when it comes to research and design. During F / a, the City Architect takes the initiative to build bridges. Together with the Architecture and Urban Design students of UGent, the KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich and the Archipel architecture association, he set up an exhibition with strong student work in which Ghent forms the work field.
The students show interventions in a city that are far from the day-to-day concrete architectural practice, but which, exploratively, represent the tasks and opportunities that the city can offer. The selected projects show Ghent from an explicitly different perspective.


(c) Pepo Segura


Travelling exhibition EU Mies Award 2019

The authors of the shortlisted works participate in seminars, discussions and lectures and the works are presented in different architecture events worldwide. Our project ‘Ryhove Urban Factory’ is on show.


04.08.2018 – 01.09.2018

Summer studio Arsenaal Ghent

The ambition of this workshop run by Bram Aerts (KULeuven campus STLucas Ghent) is: “Designing a process on one of the last characteristic and pivotal sites for productive urban economy in Ghent.” 


19.05.2017 – 21.05.2017

Verloren ontwerpen, Architectenhuiskamer

A place of honor in a competition, a concept that turns out not to be permissible or a quarrel between clients throwing a spanner in the works… Architects’ living room and Architectuurwijzer give these designs a second life on the beguinage site in Hasselt. About 40 models adorn the decor of the eighth Architects’ living room on 18 May.


08.10.2016 – 12.02.2017

MAATWERK MASSARBEIT. Architektur aus Flandern und den Niederlanden

The exhibition ‘MAATWERK MASSARBEIT. Custom Made Architecture from Flanders and the Netherlands’ shows a selection of approximately sixty architectural models. It places the emphasis on tailored work, precision and craftsmanship as undercurrents in Flemish and Dutch architecture of the past thirty years.


28.04.2016 – 17.09.2017

Een tijdelijk toekomsteninstituut, M HKA, Antwerpen

A temporary future institute encourages critical thinking about what is coming, rather than looking back at how previous generations imagined “the future.” How will exhibitions stimulate our thinking? Should it be total experiences that lure us away from our screen? How autonomous will art and artists be compared to the rest of the world?

21.10.2015 – 10.01.2016

Open tentoonstelling verkavelingsverhalen

Subdivision neighborhoods often have to endure: too close to each other, too little differentiated, the ecological footprint too high … At the same time, residents are experimenting with collective forms of housing, small-scale business, generating renewable energy together, and more. “Allotment Stories” uses these experiments to start a broad debate around the Flemish allotment neighborhood.



The productive city 20.10.2022 Kortrijk

‘Recent work’ lecture at the University of Liverpool

‘hybrid factory/hybrid city’ in Torino, Italy

Booklaunch ‘City Made’, 019 Gent

‘Ontwerpen voor Gent’, Belgacomtoren Gent

Summer studio Arsenaal, WTC Brussels

A-Z lectures, Z33 Hasselt

Across, Liège

Architecture and context, Museum M Leuven

Existenz, Leuven

Sustainable transformation Ar-tur, Leuven

Master of Human Settlements, Leuven

Modulor, Antwerpen


Lecture by Bram Aerts about The Felix at Minardschouwburg, Ghent


Leietheater, Deinze

Lecture by Bram Aerts at the Design Museum for ‘9000 boeken’ i.c.w. Borgerhoff&Lamberigts

Lecture by Bram Aerts: The productive city – Archipel vzw – 20/10/22


Lecture about the recent work of TRANS, Leuven

Lecture about the transformation projects of TRANS, Istanbul


Leietheater has been shortlisted for the Mies Award 2022

Ryhove has been shortlisted for the Architectuurprijs Gent 2021

Leietheater Deinze has been nominated for the Brick Awards 2022

Leietheater Deinze was shortlisted for the Fritz Höger Award 2020 for Brick Architecture.


TRANS wins Belgian Building Awards 2020 in the category ‘Build2Work’ for VAN HOOREBEKE TIMBER

TRANS has been shortlisted for the EU Mies Award 2019 with Ryhove Urban Factory

TRANS has received the ‘Special Mention for Young Architects BigMat ’19’ with the project Balenmagazijn Gent

Ryhove Urban Factory has been nominated for the RES Award 2019

TRANS has been nominated for the Jo Crepain Award 2019

Ryhove received a special mentioning for the Architizer A+ Awards 2019

Ryhove Urban Factory has been nominated in the category ‘New Way of Working’ for the BBA 2019

Kerkhofhuisje Dilbeek has been selected for the Provenciale Architectuurprijs Vlaams-Brabant 2015


26 april 2022

Vertical Urban Factory

Lecture by TRANS and Nina Rappaport (VS), organised by Intercommunale Leiedal

20 oktober 2022

The productive city

Lecture for Archipel vzw about the added value of the manufacturing industry for cities



Vacature | Vacancy | Poste Vacant

TRANS is op zoek naar een enthousiaste en zeer georganiseerde administratief en marketing assistent om een kritische niveau van ondersteuning aan het bureaumanagement te bieden.

Verantwoordelijkheden: De rol is divers en omvat aspecten van marketing, acquisitie, administratie en HR. De succesvolle kandidaat ondersteunt het team bij een breed scala aan taken en speelt een belangrijke rol bij het scheppen van de ideale omstandigheden voor het produceren van uitstekend ontwerpwerk.

Vaardigheden: NL & ENG & FR – Frans is een pluspunt – Uitstekende communicatieve vaardigheden, zowel mondeling als schriftelijk – 2 jaar ervaring of meer – computervaardig, bedreven in MS Office en Adobe Creative Suite

Aanbod: halftijds of fulltime – marktconform salaris – opleiding (formeel en informeel)

Solliciteren: stuur CV/portfolio & motivatiebrief naar


TRANS is looking for an enthusiastic and highly organised admin and marketing assistant to provide critical level of support to the practice management.

Responsibilities: The role is diverse and include aspects of marketing, bidding, administration and HR. The successful candidate will support the administration team across a wide range of tasks and play a key role in setting the ideal conditions for producing excellent design work.

Skills: NL & ENG & FR – French is a plus – Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written – 2 years experience or more – computer literate, proficient in MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite

Benefits: half-time or full time – competitive salary – training (formal and informal)

Apply: send CV/portfolio & motivation letter to


TRANS recherche un(e) assistant(e) administratif(ve) et marketing enthousiaste et très organisé(e) pour fournir un niveau de soutien essentiel à la direction de l’agence.

Responsabilités : Le rôle est diversifié et comprend des aspects de marketing, d’acquisition, d’administration et de RH. Le candidat retenu soutiendra l’équipe dans un large éventail de tâches et jouera un rôle clé dans la création des conditions idéales pour produire un excellent travail de conception.

Compétences : EN & ENG & FR – Le français est un atout – Excellentes compétences en communication, tant à l’oral qu’à l’écrit – 2 ans d’expérience ou plus – maîtrise de l’informatique, maîtrise de MS Office et de Adobe Creative Suite

Offre : mi-temps ou temps plein – salaire compétitif – formation (formelle et informelle)

Pour postuler : envoyez votre CV/portfolio et votre lettre de motivation à



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