ACEX35​, Masters’ thesis direction, 2019/2020

“ an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist.” (Dean Koontz)

“Hello, Rabbit,' he said, 'is that you?' 'Let's pretend it isn't,' said Rabbit, 'and see what happens.” (Winnie the Pooh)

“all you need is a garden and a room” (Louis Kahn)

Description and aim

Within the direction of Housing, we investigate the built environment from a dwelling perspective. This includes an understanding of the historical development, familiarity with the current field of practice and research, combined with the ambition to address the social, functional and technical challenges we are facing in a changing society.

Method and process

Within the direction of Housing, we are open to different types of project, with different relations to design:
  • Research on Design: Historical and cross-temporal comparisons, statistical analyses, housing typologies, floor plan analyses, architectural monographies
  • Research for Design: Legislation, functional, economical and technical requirements, assessment systems and criterias, sustainability aspects, user perspectives
  • Research by Design: Innovative housing solutions, competitions, collaborative planning and execution
We welcome projects involving collaboration with practitioners and/or taking part in senior research projects.

The course is organized as a combination of individual work, teaching sessions and shared presentations.

We will kick start our thesis studio with two seminars:

Innovative Housing: In groups you will scan 2017 editions of relevant international architectural journals and collect examples of innovative housing projects. You will present these projects as short PP presentations to faculty and peers. In total, this will give us an updated state-of-the art portfolio of innovative housing projects from all over the world, serving as references and inspiration for your projects.

Research update: In groups, you will do a literature search for scientific papers on “innovative housing” and/or any other relevant keywords connected to your own project. We will focus on papers published within the last five years. Based on the abstracts, we choose a relevant sample of these papers and discuss them at seminars. This will give us an updated review of the issues being covered in recent research.

Specific evaluation criteria’s

Successful projects should combine professional architectural and engineering skills with updated knowledge of relevant scientific work within the field of interest, and the current development within the field of practice.

Specific submission requirements

All authors are expected to include at least three updated and relevant scientific references, and at least one relevant project. Updated = published within the last 5 years. The terms “relevant” and “project” are open to definition by the authors.

Suggested literature and projects

Based on the research paper seminar, we will choose a set of relevant scientific papers as course literature (likely 10-20 papers). Beyond that, all authors are expected to find relevant literature connected to their topics.

Examples of previous thesis projects

Miran Alwan (2017): Viskaplus – första plusenergiområdet i Viskafors. Investigating the possibilities of Plus energy housing as a way of increasing attraction in a rural village losing jobs and inhabitants.

Erik Anderson (2011): En på miljonen – om nya bostäder i Backa Röd. Working with densification in 1970s suburban context, this project suggests increasing diversity by adding new housing typologies and new qualities.

Helena Jacobsson (2008): Det är vackrast när det skymmer – en studie av fönsternischrummet och det nordiska ljuset. Based on a historical overview of Swedish window design, the characteristics of Nordic light, and physical model laborations, this thesis suggests window design principles adapted to the Scandinavian context.

Direction faculty

Ola Nylander, professor
Kaj Granath, architect, PhD, visiting researcher

Published: Mon 15 Jan 2018. Modified: Fri 11 Jan 2019