Participants/ Jason Hilgefort and Merve Bedir

Urbanist/Architect, FUTURE+ and L+CC and Architect/Researcher, L+CC, Shenzhen/Hong Kong

Jason Hilgefort is an urbanist | architect who studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Cincinnati. His work experience ranges from New York, Rotterdam, to Mumbai and includes working with Peter Calthorpe, Rahul Mehrotra, and Maxwan A+U. He lead 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. Jason’s teaching experience includes Russia, Ukraine, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. He was in the curatorial team of Shenzhen/Hong Kong Urbanism/Architecture Biennale and a co-director of its educational platform. Currently he is the Academic Director of FUTURE+ Aformal Academy for urbanism | landscape | public art in Shenzhen. He has also been a regular contributor to uncube magazine - for architecture and beyond.


Merve Bedir studied architecture at Middle East Technical University (2003), and is a PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology. Her recent work focuses on urban conflicts, urban transformation, migration and (forced) displacement. She was a curator for the Netherlands Architecture Institute (2013); curator of Vocabulary of Hospitality (Studio X Istanbul, 2015), and uncommon river (One Architecture Week, 2015). She taught for Columbia University GSAPP, The Hague Art Academy, and Piet Zwart Institute. She was the producer of Agoraphobia, a film on urban transformation in Turkey. Her work has been supported by Prins Claus Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, and European Union. Merve has published in Volume, MONU, Funambulist, Docomomo, Zivot, Quaderns, Failed Architectureuncube magazine among others and her first book, Vocabulary of Hospitality is upcoming through Dpr Barcelona/GSAPP Books (2017). She faciliates/actively volunteers for Matbakh-Mutfak, a transnational women collective in Turkey.