New Hospital, Malmö, by White Architects
New Hospital, Malmö, by White Architects


ACEX35​, Masters’ thesis direction, 2020/20201

Description and aim

At this moment, a historical transformation and development of healthcare is taking place, which in turn affects the development of physical space. Sustaining health is a top priority nationally and globally. A crucial part lies within planning of the physical environment to tackle pandemic outbreaks and multi resistant bacteria as well as meeting global sustainability goals and demographic changes.

Designing spaces for healthcare is one of the most complex and therefor challenging architectural design commissions. Today healthcare is delivered or received in a continuum ranging from our homes to clinical care. Completely new places for healthcare emerge when e-health develops. This direction offers you the possibility to work with this complexity, combining technical solutions, strategic logistics and work environment issues, but with the user experience, with its existential and emotional aspects, as a core.

The aim of the preparation course is to support you in identifying, developing and formulating your master thesis theme within the field of healthcare architecture.

The aim of the master thesis in healthcare architecture is to support your understanding of the challenges in the complex process of designing healthcare facilities and develop sustainable innovative architectural solutions.​

Preparation course; method and process

The preparation course will be organized as a combination of teaching sessions, individual work, supervision, and shared presentations. The preparation course will be conducted through online teaching. 

We welcome projects in collaborations with ongoing research projects and real-world problems/projects. The teaching team of the direction are all closely connected to research or practice (or both). The Centre for Healthcare Architecture (CVA) is a resource for all students and offers network and contacts with relevant stakeholders as well as access to recent research and literature. We allow for MT that are design-based or text-driven or a combination.

Healthcare design projects are tackled in a multimethodological approach where several ways of working are combined, including exploration of literature, observations, user interviews, and co-design. In the process of developing your project plan, the preparation course will use the following five architectural themes:
  • Urban; urban context of the project, location, surroundings
  • Use; the program, the layout, different flows, different users
  • Story; cultural, historical, economical and societal context
  • Composition; the massing, shapes and morphology of the building
  • Atmosphere; materiality, lighting​

Specific submission requirements, MT proposal project plan

The submission is based upon the MT proposal that includes;
  • title of the project
  • your name, course name, date and tutors
  • abstract (300 words) including research question
  • exploration focused on process (method) including work approaches, planning, weekly objectives and deliverables
  • design exploration focused on the themes; urban, use, story, composition and atmosphere
  • exploration of reference projects
  • a portfolio including education overview with finished courses (and credits), work experience and educational projects.​

Suggested literature
For a general introduction to the field of healthcare architecture:.

More literature will be suggested, depending on focus, some examples.
Health Building Note 00-01 General design guidance for healthcare buildings

CVA reports (in Swedish)

Earlier master thesis projects are found here:

Direction faculty

Division for Building Design,
Centre for Healthcare Architecture, CVA

Johanna Eriksson
Ellen Dahllöf Boyd
Cristiana Caira​
Göran Lindahl​

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