Ludo Groen is a doctoral candidate in the history and theory of architecture (gta) at ETH Zürich, while practicing architecture from his eponymous studio. His doctoral research, part of the SNSF-funded research project “Switzerland: A Technological Pastoral,” documents the architecture of Swiss banking before and after 1968.
        Between 2018 and 2021, he worked as a researcher at The Berlage at Delft University of Technology and Het Nieuwe Instituut, the Dutch institute for architecture, design, and digital culture. At The Berlage he was involved in the organisation of lectures, master classes, teaching, and various book projects. At Het Nieuwe Instituut, he contributed to various exhibitions and research projects, including Automated Landscapes, which will be published in the forhcoming book Automated Landscapes, documenting the emerging automated architectures of dairy farms, greenhouses, data centers, and factories, in the Netherlands and beyond.
        Ludo holds a master degree in architecture from Delft University of Technology and a post-master degree from The Berlage.


Health Care and Community Center

After declaring the end of the welfare state in 2013, local governments in the Netherlands embraced the concept of participation. Subsidies were granted to experimental design projects to be conceived in close collaboration with prospective users. A former monastery built in 1891 was renovated and transformed into a health care and community center, in which patients, medical practitioners and local citizens contributed to a design proposal, characterized by an alignment of historical and contemporary programs, proportions, and materials.
*participatory trajectory with Berit Ann Roos. Photos by Stijn Poelstra.