Jordan Kanter is an architect and urban researcher based in Los Angeles. He is a founding principal of Tectonicus, a design collaborative focused on highly site specific, critically engaged design work in the city and beyond, as well as foundCity, a research platform dedicated to re-engaging existing urban fabrics and ecological landscapes through design thinking. He has held senior design roles at Michael Maltzan Architects and MAD, and has led the design of a number of high profile cultural, mixed-use, housing, and infrastructure projects throughout the world. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology at MIT, a Masters of Architecture degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and has held teaching appointments at IIT, Tsinghua University, and Tianjin University.
Walter Fischler is a neurobiologist and postdoctoral fellow in the Axel lab at Columbia University. He received his PhD from UC Berkeley and his undergraduate degree at MIT. His research focuses on mechanisms for olfactory perception, spatial representation, learning, and memory.
Max Gerthel is an architect, designer and curator working in the fields of art, architecture, and design. Originally from Malmö, Sweden, he graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture in Copenhagen in 2010 and moved to settle in Beijing the same year. He is Program Director of Institute For Provocation, a workspace and research platform for artists and architects based in Beijing. IFP hosts artist residencies, research projects, workshops and public events such as lectures, film screenings and artist talks. Previous experiences include Spatial Practice, MAD Architects and Edouard François. He has also taught at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Tsinghua University, Academy of Art & Design, and CAFA in Beijing.