Call for papers

'Enabling health, care and well-being through design research' is the title of ARCH22 – the 5th Architecture Research Care and Health conference – organised at the Education Centre of Erasmus MC in Rotterdam – the Netherlands – 22nd until 24th of August 2022.

ARCH22 connects researchers and practitioners around the conference theme, and also wants to attract those interested in the new Erasmus MC hospital environment and evaluation studies carried out regarding this project.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel-restrictions we decide to postpone the ARCH21 conference from the 23rd to the 25th of August 2021 towards 22nd – 24th August 2022. As the organizing committee we highly value the ARCH conferences as a social network activity. We believe that a local event then works best. In the mean time we will organize a number of online events which we will communicate on this website, and through social media.

Since the ARCH conference no longer happens in 2021, from now onward we will refer to the 5th conference as ARCH22!

We will keep you updated on any developments and look forward to receiving your proposals to participate in this conference.


We decided to update the guiding topics for ARCH22 to take into account new developments.

The ARCH22 conference ‘Enabling health, care and well-being through design research’ will bring together researchers and practitioners from across disciplines and countries, to present findings and exchange gained knowledge and experiences according to the following guiding topics:

Topic 1: Integration of needs – inclusive, integrated design enabling health, care and well-being.

Topic 2: Healthcare design and change – future-proofed, resilient and crisis-adapted (pre-, post- and now) design.

Topic 3: Engagement – co-creation, co-design, design and stakeholder management processes.

Research workshop

In conjunction with the conference there will be a workshop on research within the scope of the conference. Often research is also characterized by the theories and methods applied within the area. The areas of healthcare and environment is however broad and diverse, which is reflected in the theories and methods used. Healthcare as activity is not one and nor are the types of environments used. The disciplines and types of researchers interested in the area are also manifold. So, with this broad approach how do we build a knowledge base and develop theories and methods specific to healthcare design and environments? What does the term architecture mean in this context? If the conference outset are studies of design processes and effects of designed environments, built environment predominantly, how do we develop theories and methods specific to this area. Is it needed or is a mixed approach the most relevant for the complexity of the reality we study?

Therefore, we would like to invite you to react to our call for original research papers and ask you to submit your abstract before the 15 October 2021 (Extended deadline)

We look forward to welcome you to Rotterdam in August 2022!

TU Delft Department of Architecture and the Built Environment – Clarine van Oel, Birgit Jürgenhake

Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam (Erasmus MC) – Liesbeth van Heel

AM_A Andrea Möhn architects – Andrea Möhn

EGM architects – Willemineke Hammer

Gortemaker Algra Feenstra architects – Femke Feenstra

Wiegerinck – Milee Herweijer

In collaboration with

NTNU Department for Architecture and Planning – Johan van der Zwart

Chalmers Department for Architecture and Civil Engineering – Göran Lindahl