Jason Hilgefort Founding Partner
Jason Hilgefort is an urbanist|architect who studied at the University of British Columbia, University of Cincinnati, and is currently a PHD candidate at RMIT. His work experience ranges from New York, Rotterdam, to Mumbai and includes working with Peter Calthorpe, Rahul Mehrotra, Maxwan A+U, and ZUS. He has led Maxwan’s numerous competition victories in Helsinki, Basel, Kiev, Brussels, Ostrava, Hannover, and Lithuania before winning Europan 11 in Vienna. He subsequently founded Land+Civilization Compositions, a Rotterdam | Hong Kong based studio exploring issues at the ever expanding edge of urbanism that views city creation as an art forum. Jason's teaching experience includes Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. He was a subcurator in the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Urbanism/Architecture Biennale and a co-director of its educational platform. Currently he is an Adjunct Professor at Hong Kong University Faculty of Architecture and the Academic Director of Aformal Academy for urbanism | landscape | public art in Shenzhen. He is also a regular writer, contributing to assorted publications over the years including Volume, uncube, SITE and more. He recently co-founded the Institute for Autonomous Urbanism which is focused on how the disruptive developments of dispersed infrastructure frame a moment in time where we can fundamentally reconceive of how we make, fund, and even conceptualize the world that surrounds us.
Merve Bedir Partner
Merve Bedir graduated from Delft University of Technology (PhD), and Middle East Technical University (BArch). She is a member of Matbakh-Mutfak, a transnational women collective in Gaziantep, and a founding member of MAD (Center for Spatial Justice) in Istanbul. Merve is part of Future+ / Aformal Academy, an independent school for urbanism and art in Shenzhen.