PF25 is a Basel-based research initiative co-founded by Angelika Li and Donald Mak across Hong Kong and Basel in 2018. In 2020, PF25 established its status as a “Verein” (a non-profit organisation) in Switzerland, and warmly welcomed Ursula Hürzeler on board.
co-founder & president
co-founder, secretary & treasurer
our board members
Co-founder & President
Angelika is committed to engaging with the essence of local culture, heritage and valued stories, and driving a continuous dialogue between local and international communities. She is the founder and curator of the exhibition series 'Homeland in Transit' (Basel 2019-2022, Berlin 2020-2021, Murrhardt 2021 & Zollikon 2022) channelling narratives and imaginations of ‘homeland’ from Hong Kong perspectives: borders, boundaries, roots, diaspora, cultural identity, colonial ideologies and interweaving them with experiences and voices from other parts of the world. Angelika was engaged as an expert for Asia Society Switzerland’s ‘Generation Asia’ programme in 2021. Her other curatorial projects include 'Dorothee Sauter: Geology, Cooking Hearts and other stories' (Basel, 2021), 'Hong Kong Video Talks', Atelier Mondial (Basel/Münchenstein, 2022) and the public programme for ‘Brice Marden: Inner Space’ (Kunstmuseum Basel, 2022).
Before moving to Switzerland in 2017, Angelika was the founding director of MILL6 Foundation bringing it to ICOM museum status and the Award for Arts Promotion by Hong Kong Arts Development Council in 2016. Her previous exhibitions and projects include ‘Tracing some places. Leung Chi Wo’ (Hong Kong, 2015); ’Textile Thinking – The International Symposium’ at Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art 2016 co-organised with Zhejiang Art Museum; and ‘Social Fabric. New works by Kwan Cheung Chi and Mariana Hahn’ in collaboration with David Elliott (Hong Kong, 2016).
Ursula co-founded Rahbaran Hürzeler Architects in 2011 in Basel. She has
worked at diverse offices in Switzerland and Spain gaining extensive experience in the field of design, project management and execution. Ursula worked at Herzog & de Meuron from 2006 to 2011where she was involved in the project management of various largescale projects.
Ursula was born in Solothurn, Switzerland and received her architecture degree from ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. She has taught and researched at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts FHNW in Basel from 2011 to 2014 and at Lucerne University HSLU in 2018. Since 2019, she has been appointed Professor at the Institute of Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW in Basel.
Ursula is currently a member of the Urban Planning Commission of the Canton Basel-Land, selected member of the Federation of Swiss Architects FSA and consultant and coordinator for the architecture mediation programme of the Kunstmuseum Basel.
Co-founder, Secretary & Treasurer
Donald Mak works in the strategy, design, communication and realisation of architecture and art projects, with a focus on exhibitions, publications, platforms and spaces.
He is currently an Associate at Herzog & de Meuron (HdM), starting his collaboration on architecture projects in 2003 with the National Stadium in Beijing, with contributions to 56 Leonard in New York, the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, and M+ museum in Hong Kong. He is also deeply involved in the many communication objectives developed at HdM, with a focus on leading the conception and production of specific exhibitions, publications and special projects extending from architecture including HdM Complete Works Volumes 5 and 6, Treacherous Transparencies, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012, Park Avenue Armory and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, as well as exhibition installations at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice and the upcoming exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts, London in 2021.
Donald graduated in 2000 from the University of Toronto. He has previously collaborated with Bruce Mau Design, working with various cultural institutions, galleries, museums and artists. He has also worked independently on a range of publications and exhibitions. In 2007, “Altas of Novel Tectonics” Princeton Architectural Press, New York designed by Donald in collaboration with Reto Gieser won the world’s highest award for book design, the ‘Golden Letter’ from the Stiftung Buchkunst at the Leipzig Book Fair. He collaborates with Angelika Li on the curatorial project Homeland in Transit.