Bachelor of Architecture, University of Sydney
John Zadro is a Principal with a focus on the design and delivery of major health projects across New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and New Zealand. A passionate architect, John takes an active role on his projects from inception through to completion. He is deeply invested in the personal experience of the staff and patients involved to ensure the built result maximises comfort and functionality.
John is a highly methodical thinker, working proactively with Project Managers and Executive user groups to ensure his projects are being delivered to the exacting requirements of brief, programme and budget. He is a great believer in hospitals being a place of wellness. This belief was able to be fully explored in the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre where the ‘wellness’ principle was incorporated into all aspects of the planning, from a purpose built Wellness Centre at the heart of the hospital, regular access to patient balconies and sitting areas, and a large meeting and lounge collaboration area shared between the research and clinical staff. Chemotherapy bays were mocked up for the users to confirm the ideal heights and orientation for the patient’s comfort. At Angau Hospital in PNG, the standard assumptions in clinical services and processes were interrogated and all aspects of planning were adjusted to align with the local cultural expectations.
His role during the construction phase on projects such as Coffs Harbour Redevelopment, enables him to continually improve the design and documentation of the hospitals he delivers. This grounded experience enables innovation to be tested and installed such as amending the building structure and envelope to pre-cast columns and prefabricated facade panels