MARKUS SCHAEFER holds a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University. In addition, he also has a Masters in Neurobiology from the University of Zürich. At Harvard, he first collaborated with his current partner Hiromi Hosoya on the Harvard Guide to Shopping, edited by Rem Koolhaas et al. and published by Taschen in 2001. Prior to founding Hosoya Schaefer Architects, Markus Schaefer was a director of AMO in Rotterdam – known as the think tank and research department of OMA, the architecture office established by Rem Koolhaas. Both with work at OMA and at Hosoya Schaefer Architects, Markus has won several international awards. He lectures and publishes regularly. He is also a partner and head of research at CityTrackerX, a privately funded research and development company aiming at a real-time performance analysis of cities.

Hosoya Schaefer Architects is a Zürich based office for architecture, urban design and research since 2003. The office has won several first prizes and is working on a wide spectrum of projects such as a 230 ha master plan in Ljubljana, mobility research for Volkswagen or train stations in Toronto. In Switzerland, the office won first prizes for the projects of Airport Engadin and the train station area St. Moritz. More recently, a regional study “Metrobild” has been prepared for the Metropolitan region of Zürich and several urban planning projects completed in the same perimeter. A combination of academic work, project practice and research for clients allows the firm to develop and refine a solid, systemic and innovative understanding of our urban future.

PHILIPPE REKACEWICZgeographer, cartographer and information designer based in Oslo

AGNESE LĀCEsenior policy analyst in the areas of migration and integration at PROVIDUS, based in Latvia

OLA SÖDERSTRÖMprofessor of human geography, researcher and editor, based in Geneva

MART KALMarchitecture historian and critic, Rector of the Estonian Academy of Arts

ONA LOZURAITYTE & PETRAS ISORAfounders of 'Isora x Lozuraityte Studio for Architecture' in Vilnius

MENEESHA KELLAY (MODERATOR)curator of Festival Programmes at the 'V&A Museum' in London

JAMES TAYLOR-FOSTER (MODERATOR)is a Stockholm based writer, curator, editor, designer and broadcaster

IVAN SERGEJEVNarva chief city architect, technology enthusiast and TEDx speaker

KEITI KLJAVINurbanist, operator of the 'Linnalabor' and editor of Estonian Urbanists’ Review

MARKUS SCHAEFERpartner and architect of Zürich based office 'Hosoya Schaefer Architects'

DANIEL UREY (MODERATOR)the head of LABLAB research and design laboratory, based in Stockholm, Sweden

SILLE PIHLAKarchitect and co-founder of PART, PhD fellow at EAA, based in Tallinn

JUSTINIEN TRIBILLONco-founder and editor of Migrant Journal, researcher, based in London

MIKE EMMERIKurbanist and partner at Crimson Historians and Urbanists, based in Amsterdam

KIRSTEN RITCHIEconsulting project director and principal at GENSLER, based in San Francisco

IRENE STRACUZZIgraphic designer and researcher, based in Eindhoven

IGNACIO G. GALÁNarchitect, editor and historian, Ph.D., based in New York

PETER LANG (MODERATOR)architecture theorist, operating between the North and South

IEVA ILVESadviser to the President of Latvia for Information and Digital Policy

DAINIS BERZINSChairman of the UPB Management Board, based in Latvia

JONAS ŽUKAUSKASarchitect based in Vilnius