Sustainable Building

"If it doesn't have a number — exploring intangible architectural sustainability."

Sustainable development is the major global challenge for society and major transformations are necessary - not least in architecture and urban development. The sustainability discourse has been dominated by efficiency and those aspects that are more easily measured and monitored. There is a lack of understanding of how different aspects of sustainability interact and the role of architectural design and form to reach more holistic sustainable built environments.

Departing in theories for regenerative design, resilience, cradle-to-cradle and circularity, to mention some, we encourage master theses that explore and define links between architectural design and form (on the level of the dwelling, building or neighbourhood) and environmental, social, cultural, and economic aspects of sustainability. Topics to explore include resource and material flows over time, social functions of design, socio-economic materialisations, transformations, visualisation and dialogue, narratives & discourses, and the influence of aesthetics.

Thesis work is carried out as research by design and/or research on design. A research questions is defined and the thesis is grounded in existing academic and practice related knowledge in the chosen field. Apart from design, tools and methods to explore are GIS, life cycle thinking, systems thinking, co-creation of knowledge, (spatial) narratives, gaming, questionnaires, interviews and different analysis related to academic theories. The thesis work can be performed in a local or global context.

Supervision will be correlated to subject of the master thesis. Additional supervision can be found among architects and engineers within ACE or in other Departments at Chalmers, or in a large network of industry partners (architect and engineering consultancies, client organisations or entrepreneurs) and the local public sector (City Planning Office, Public housing etc). Master thesis in connection ongoing research projects, Learning Lab Hammarkullen, HSB Living Lab, center for Visualization Research Gothenburg Virtual Cities initiative, and international co-operations (South Africa) is encouraged.


Supervisor: Barbara Rubino / architect, senior lecturer
Examiners, Supervisor: Emilio Da Cruz Brandao / architect, artistic teacher
Examiners, Supervisor: Liane Thuvander / architect, associate professor Supervisor: Lisa Bomble / architect, reseacher
Examiners, Supervisor: Paula Femenías / architect, associate professor

Published: Mon 15 Jan 2018.