Wendy Saunders

Born and raised in Bruges, Wendy hails from a family of craftsmen. After earning her master’s degree in architecture from Ghent University in Belgium, she spent a decade working in top design firms in Amsterdam before moving to China in 2005. Together with her partner Vincent de Graaf, she established AIM ARCHITECTURE in one of […]

Born and raised in Bruges, Wendy hails from a family of craftsmen. After earning her master’s degree in architecture from Ghent University in Belgium, she spent a decade working in top design firms in Amsterdam before moving to China in 2005. Together with her partner Vincent de Graaf, she established AIM ARCHITECTURE in one of the world’s rapidly evolving cities, providing an opportunity for them to design buildings and spaces that encourage social change and cultivate human connections. In an era where architecture was typically approached in a conventional manner, Wendy created a human focused, passionate, and fun studio. She surrounds herself with young, international, and talented designers – a collective of creative people sharing the same goal: transforming the urban fabric for a better future and using projects as a platform for change. Wendy’s influences come from various sources, including the everyday street life in China, the making of a well-crafted chair, and even visceral sensations such as the smell of leather or the feel of a material. These elements inspire her to create spaces that leave a lasting impression on people’s mental maps. Her design philosophy is characterized by directness, power, boldness, and a touch of humor. Over the last two decades, Wendy has spearheaded diverse architecture and interior projects, spanning from urban design to regeneration. Her outstanding work has been recognized with a multitude of accolades, including the MIPIM, Architizer, WAN, WAF, Wallpaper*, ELLE Deco Awards, among others.