Background and activities

Johan van der Zwart graduated as an architect at the Faculty of Architecture & Build Environment of Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands 2001. From 2001 until 2004 he worked as an junior-architect in a firm specialised in primary schools, decentred healthcare facilities, nursery homes and housing for elderly and disabled. In addition, he worked form 2001 until 2008 as assistant-professor Landscape architecture at the department of Urbanism of the TU-Delft.

As assistant professor landscape architecture he is co-author of several books. As an architect he received an honourable mentioning for the competition-entry ‘Care-4U’ in the design-competition ‘Healthcare 2015, buildings for the future’ of the Netherlands’ Board for Healthcare Institutions.

While conducting research for his PhD Building for a better hospital, value-adding management & design of healthcare real estate (2014) at the department Real Estate & Housing of the TU-Delft, he studied an intensive pre-master course healthcare management of one year at the Institute Healthcare Policy and Management at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and started the master Healthcare Management in 2013 at the same university. Since April 2015 he works as Postdoc Architecture & Health at the Faculty of Architecture & Fine Arts of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) Trondheim.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications


  • van der Zwart, Johan. (2015) Bau eines besseren Krankenhauses, Wertschöpfendes Management & planung von Immobilien. 2015. ISBN 978-94-6186-483-3.

Part of book/report

  • Fronczek-Munter, Aneta; van der Zwart, Johan; Hansen, Geir Karsten. (2017) How to evaluate Healthcare Buildings? Selction of Methods for evaluating Hospital Architectural Quality and Usability - a case at St. Olavs Hospital in Norway. ARCH17. 3rd International Conference on Architecture, Research, Care and Health. Conference Proceedings.
  • van der Zwart, Johan; van der voordt, theo. (2015) Inspelen op veranderingen vereist strategisch sturen op ontwerp en beheer van zorgvastgoed, wie loopt zich warm?. Barometer Zorgvastgoed.