Hyperlocal works with public art, architecture, urbanism, and landscape. Managed by Zhicheng Xu and Mengqi Moon He, Hyperlocal engages in design research while working on architectural projects with like-minded individuals around the world.

Hyperlocal is based in New York City and Houston.

Zhicheng Xu

Zhicheng Xu is a co-founder of Hyperlocal and an architectural and landscape architectural designer and educator based in Boston and Houston. He has expertise in multiple disciplines, including architecture, urban design, and landscape architecture. Currently, he is a 2023-2025 Wortham Fellow at Rice School of Architecture, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios and research seminars. 

Zhicheng's work largely explores the role of architecture and design within the greater ecological and cultural context through the lens of material ecology and our relationship with the land and other species. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, RMIT Design Hub, Latrobe Regional Gallery, and the Center for Architecture in New York. He has received awards from the Urban Land Institute, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the National Landscape Architecture Foundation, ASLA-Indiana, and ASLA-Boston.

Prior to founding Hyperlocal, Zhicheng practiced at Kennedy & Violich Architecture and Sasaki Associates in Boston, and Ecosistema Urbano in Madrid. He holds a Master's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Purdue University.
Mengqi Moon He

Mengqi Moon is a designer, urbanist, and researcher. She explores critical urban design, its history, and theory. Her work unpacks complex systems and their interaction with users across scales. Her work has been exhibited at Shanghai Power Station of Art, Harvard Museum of Natural History, MIT Wiesner Gallery, and MIT Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism. Moon holds an M.S. in architecture from MIT and a B.Arch from the University of Southern California.

Current and Past Collaborators
Jitske Swagemakers
Kevin Mastro
Wuyahuang Li
Tristan Durham
Nathan Ehrlich
Calvin Zhong
Joshua Chiang

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