Daan Zandbelt (1975) is an architect, urbanist and partner at De Zwarte Hond, an office for architecture and urbanism based in Rotterdam, Groningen and Cologne. From the Rotterdam office, he works with his team on complex urban projects that vary from regional strategies to precise architecture interventions. In 2015 - 2016 Daan led the IABR–Atelier Rotterdam, the Productive City. This atelier explored, through research by design, how the Rotterdam region can develop a makers’ economy, with a team formed by L’AUC from Paris, marco.broekman from Amsterdam and De Zwarte Hond. This atelier brought two of his competences together: ‘research by design’ and spatial economic strategies.
Before joining De Zwarte Hond, Daan was partner at Zandbelt&vandenBerg (Z&B) for ten years. This office, cofounded with Rogier van den Berg, started with a research on development strategies of metropolitan areas, including London and Paris. At Z&B a research by design method was developed in self-initiated projects such as Mid-Size Utopia, on emerging urban regions at the fringes of the Randstad (2009-‘11), and Z-lab, on the metropolization of the southern Randstad (2005-‘07). Daan gained experience with spatial strategies directed at economic competitiveness and innovation projects such as the TU Delft Campus Vision, the Knowledge-Axis in Rotterdam and the Food Valley Perspective for the region around the Wageningen University. Research by design and spatial economic strategies were combined in commissions for governments such as BVNL, in which spatial strategies for strengthening the competitiveness of six urban border regions in The Netherlands were developed. Currently Daan is involved in plans to make the Rotterdam - The Hague region a more coherent and future-proof metropolitan area.
Besides De Zwarte Hond, he works as assistant professor at the Van Eesteren chair of metropolitan design of the TU Delft. The same university where he graduated, with honorable mention as an architect (MSc) and urbanist (MSc). In Chicago he studied at UIC.