Hans Karssenberg

Founding partner of STIPO, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Athens

Hans Karssenberg (1970) is founding partner at STIPO, board member of Placemaking Europe and of PlacemakingX. He has initiated the global program The City at Eye Level, for a more human scale experience and social quality of public space in both the existing city as well as in new development. The most recent book, produced with many partners in Asia, is The City at Eye Level Asia.

As a practitioner, Hans works on inclusive and sustainable area development, in co-creation with all users and stakeholders, aiming for social and economic innovation and inclusion, and public space quality at the core. He also gives lectures, masterclasses and trainings.

“STIPO offers an open window to a better city.” STIPO is a team for better cities – a multi-disciplinary office working on inclusive urban area development with human scale. We connect thinking and acting, bottom up and top down, long term and short term, local and global. We work in networks with our communities and partners to ensure we get results. We share our knowledge open source. As a public developer we make ourselves co-responsible to bring new ideas from strategy to action.

connect: hans.karssenberg@stipo.nl

Hendrik Tieben

Hendrik Tieben is an urban designer, researcher and educator devoted to the creation of healthy and inclusive cities. He is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). At CUHK, he also leads the MSc in Urban Design programme. Over the last years, he developed a series of public space and placemaking projects to empower local communities. The projects have been featured in international publications and biennale exhibitions. In his current Worldwide Universities Network project Hendrik Tieben focuses on the relationships between urban forms, health and wellbeing. In this context, he initiated with Luisa Bravo, founder of the Journal of Public Space, the project “2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID19 Pandemic”.

Ethan Kent

Ethan Kent works to support placemaking leadership and impact around the world, to grow the global placemaking movement and build systemic change towards place-led urbanization. In 2019 he co-founded PlacemakingX to network and accelerate placemaking for global impact, supporting and forming 15 regional placemaking networks. Ethan builds on more than two decades of experience working on public spaces and placemaking campaigns with Project for Public Spaces, traveling to more than 1000 cities and towns, in 60 countries. He has been integral to the development of placemaking as a transformative approach to economic development, environmentalism, transportation planning, governance, resilience, social equity, design, digital space, inclusion, and innovation.


Major projects that Ethan has led have included: Times Square and Astor Place in New York; Parramatta Square, Sydney, NSW; Congress Square in Portland, ME; Kennedy Plaza in Providence, RI; Pompey Square, Nassau, Bahamas; and Sub Centro Las Condes in Santiago, Chile. He has also worked with some of the most high profile developments in the world to help maximize public space outcomes in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Auckland, and Sao Paulo.

Kate Meyrick

Kate is a passionate urbanist and place maker with more than 25 years of international experience working throughout Australia, as well as Asia, Europe and the United States. She is globally respected for her expertise in visioning and positioning city scale precincts, working sensitively with stakeholders and the community to co-create powerful new futures for well-loved places.

She has been influential in shaping thinking about the global competitiveness of Australian Cities, their future identity and quality of life. A regular speaker, panellist and conference moderator; Kate is recognised as a thought leader in relation to city-shaping, knowledge and innovation precincts and talent attraction.

Kate thrives on collaboration and works effectively in partnership with government, community, non-profit and private sector stakeholders.  She has strong experience in conceptualising and delivering complex urban projects: working with a diverse mix of stakeholders to curate a bold and innovative vision for future urban life that will deliver enduring shared value outcomes.

Filipe Afonso

Filipe Afonso studied Mathematics and Architecture in Porto and Barcelona. In 2006 he co-founded Arquitectos Anónimos®, an architecture studio that produces its work as a kind of individual supplanting, reacting in the contemporary Portuguese context of the exaggerated weight of authorship “individuality”. Filipe has taken part to many exhibitions, lectures and workshops worldwide and has been published widely. Recently he has been a professor and researcher at the Guangzhou University, School of Architecture and at University of Saint Joseph. He was been awarded several international prizes, like the iF Design Award and the Green Good Design award.

Wendy Ran Wu

Wendy Wu is the director of UPRD, the research department of URBANUS Architecture & Design, she’s the assistant curator of 2017 Nantou UABB and the project manager of China pavilion of the 2016 London Design Biennale. She has got the Advanced Master of Architecture from Berlage Institute and has been worked in architecture offices in Rotterdam and Amsterdam before joining Shenzhen Center for Design as researcher and officer. She practices in the field of urban research and strategy making, urban design and curation in Shenzhen-Hong Kong region, focusing on future thinking and design that are impactful to society or public space relating to the greater PRD region.

Sarah Mui

Sarah is a Co-Founder and Design Director of One Bite Design Studio and One Bite Social. She received a Bachelor of Architectural Studies degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a Master of Architecture from University College London in UK. Being a catalytic architect, she brings collaborative creations that are grounded in human-design thinking, to connect people to the space in their community and strengthen the social fabric. She focuses on public space, social design and cross-disciplinary creative strategy. Leading the first B Corp in Hong Kong from the architectural industry, she and her team at onebite bridges commercial & public sector with the community through their creative ideas. From the Kai Yip Play Space in Kowloon Bay, to the latest intergenerational play space in Tuen Mun Siu Hei Court, onebite has been leading in innovative public space design in the city. The latest project at Ming Tak Estate in Tseung Kwan O is the first women-priority sports ground. On the other hand, during the COVID, the team has rolled out two initiatives with other community groups to promote good food with dignity which has served over 2000 meals and to produce eco-mask holders with social benefits, sold over 5000 pieces.

Jason Hilgefort

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. He founded Land+Civilization Compositions, a Hong Kong and Shenzhen based studio, exploring issues at the ever-expanding edge of urbanism discourse. Their work has been exhibited in New York, Sao Paolo, Rotterdam, Madrid, Venice, Istanbul, Cape Town, Seoul, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, and Melbourne.  He was a Subcurator in the Shenzhen/Hong Kong Urbanism/Architecture Biennale and a co-director of the ongoing educational platform – Aformal Academy. Currently he is a Lecturer at Hong Kong University Faculty of Architecture. He is a regular writer, contributing to Volume, Architecture Review, Domus, AD, EPFL Press, and more. He recently founded the Institute for Autonomous Urbanism which investigates and speculates on how emerging infrastructure networks reframe the world that surrounds us.

Gianni Talamini

Dr Gianni Talamini is an assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong, where he leads the Master of Urban Design and Regional Planning. Gianni does research on the notion of organic urbanism and the relationship between society and space. He works for an environmentally innocuous, culturally leavened, and spatially just society. 

Ximena Ocampo

Ximena is an architect graduated from Tec de Monterrey, she studied an MSc in City Design and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she developed different research works on the public and the role of civil society in the transformation of the city. She worked as an urban designer at Embarq, now WRI Mexico, and later founded dérive LAB, a laboratory that seeks to explore, understand and inspire other (new) ways of living and thinking about life in the City. She is also co-founder of BEMA, a cultural centre in Queretaro, Mexico, dedicated to art and architecture communitary projects.

Ximena has taught an Urban Design course at Universidad Anáhuac since 2019, and has been recipient of various grants from institutions such as the Design Trust Hong Kong in 2018 and the Active Travel Academy at the University of Westminster in 2020. Ximena is currently a Young Fellow of the Mexican National Endowment for the Arts (FONCA) with the project 1000+ ways of occupying public space in Mexico.