|Autobiography, originally written 2004
Hilbertz studied architecture at the University of the Arts in Berlin,at the University of Michigan, and at Louisiana State University.
He worked at architectural offices in Berlin, New York and Detroit.
His academic affiliations as an environmental educator and researcher have included Southern University, MacGill University, the Academy for Arts Bremen, and The University of Texas, where he also held an appointment as Sr. Research Scientist in Marine Sciences. He founded and directed The Responsive Environment Laboratory (SU) and the Symbiotic Processes Laboratory (UT).
Hilbertz formed and directed The Marine Resources Co., is a co-founder and Director of Biorock Inc., Vice President of Research of the Global Coral Reef Alliance, and founder and President of Sun & Sea e.V., a no profit NGO.
He published extensively on his R & D and lectured widely in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, conducting hands-on workshops whenever possible. His work has been exhibited on several continents. He authored several US and international patents, the most environmentally important one together with Dr. T. Goreau.
Hilbertz laid down the foundation for the discipline of Cybertecture, emergent all-encompassing evolutionary environmental systems, and invented/developed the mineral accretion process in seawater. The development of Biorock Technology evolved from Goreau/Hilbertz cooperation in Jamaica. The duo publicly introduced the notion and basic framework of a new up and coming profession: Seascape Architecture, a younger sister of the venerable design discipline aptly named Landscape Architecture.
Installing, maintaining, and monitoring projects in many countries together with his partner of twenty years, Tom Goreau, and with the help of a host of dedicated associates, students, and volunteers he designed and implemented seascaping projects focusing on coral conservation / fish habitat, mariculture, and erosion control, whenever possible with direct local government or community involvement and participation. Production of building materials and components, metals, minerals and gases from seawater, direct or indirect solar energy conversion, sustainable brine utilization and model seacology artificial/natural islands like the Autopia Saya Project in the Indian Ocean initiated in1997, were ongoing projects and concerns.
As he put it;"Further work on "Evolutionary Environments" is progressing, graduating towards more radical positions as world conditions deteriorate."