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.


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.

Thesis projects within the direction of Housing usually include a design proposal, but we are also open for strictly theoretical/analytical projects without any design elements. In the spring semester 2019 we had two theoretical projects. Hao Lihui made an in-depth analysis of the Swedish balcony, using typologies and space syntax. Susanne Sibinska Taieb made an interview-based case study about how a group of 18 year olds in Gothenburg occupy and use their residential spaces.​

Method and process

The course is organized as a combination of individual work, supervision, teaching sessions and shared presentations. We are planning a study trip together with the Housing Master Studio.

Each project can expect to get supervision every second week. Supervision will be organized in groups of 2-3 projects if suitable.

Specific evaluation criteria’s

Successful projects should address a relevant topic and 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. Approved projects should meet at least “acceptable” standard in all aspects.

Specific submission requirements

We use Canvas for all our deliverances. As all directions share the same activity, please make sure you are uploading to the right direction.

All canvas deliveries should be named with student ´s last name followed by the title of the project: i.e Granath_Swedish Housing 

Within the instructions for the booklet, students are free to choose format and graphics. Within the direction of  Housing, the final text should not exceed 12 000 words. This would usually result in a booklet in the range of 35-60 pages, including illustrations.

Suggested projects

For the spring semester 2020, the faculty is offering two suggested thesis projects:

1: Housing surveys.
A vital part of residential architecture is knowing the needs, preferences and habits of the residents. There is a strong Swedish tradition of Housing surveys, where researchers interview residents, and map the spatial arrangements and actual uses in the homes. This knowledge serves as a basis when discussing changes in legislation and standards, and important feedback to practicing architects. At the department we have two Housing survey projects suitable for thesis work.
Contact: Ola Nylander

2: Stairwell typologies
Based on a broad analysis of the existing housing stock, we would like to have an indepth study of the stairwell as one of the central shared spaces in a multi-family housing project.
Contact: Kaj Granath

Exemplary thesis projects

Johanna Glán Brinkenberg & Sonja Miettinen: Home free home – a polyvalent approach to housing, Chalmers ACE MT 2019

Gustav Jönsson: c/o Masthuggskajen – modern cohousing with focus on sharing and social interaction, Chalmers ACE MT 2019

Hao Lihui: The intermediate layers – research on typology of balcony, Chalmers ACE MT 2019

Sofia Nordin: Durable temporality – design and temporality in modular architecture, Chalmers ACE MT 2019

Susanne Sibinska Taieb: Digital Natives at Home – understanding how generation z occupy and use space with a focus on 18 year olds in Gothenburg, Chalmers ACE MT 2019

Direction faculty

Ola Nylander, professor, examiner
Anna Braide, architect, PhD, examiner/supervisor
Kaj Granath, architect, PhD, visiting researcher, supervisor
Jan Larsson, guest professor, supervisor
Kajsa Crona, associate professor, supervisor​

Published: Wed 11 Sep 2019.