ACEX35​, Masters’ thesis direction, 2022/2023

“ 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.

All projects within the Housing direction should address relevant aspects of sustainability. This could include materials, planning and design principles, construction methods, or new ways of living.

How does your project contribute to making the world a better place?


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. In 2020, Sofia Malmsten made a very interesting parametric prototype to generate floorplans, and went on to collaborate in a research project within the department. In 2021, Shi Xiaohui made a great contribution to the new field of “Post-pandemic housing”, showing floor plan designs based on new research. In 2022, Elin Holm combined analysis and design, developing a conceptual framework for façade design. Her work was nominated for the national prize for “Best master thesis within the field of Housing”.

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 45 minutes 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 Andersson_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 literature and projects

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.

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​.

Sofia Malmsten: Floor plan parametrics – Procedural floor plan generation within residential development, Chalmers ACE MT 2020.

Lovisa Stadig Roswall: Suitable sustainability – A housing community designed to improve sustainability in users’ everyday life, Chalmers ACE MT 2020​.

Xiaohui Shi: Post-Pandemic Living – Housing design for possible new residence mode Chalmers ACE MT2021

Elin Holm: Facades - More than a wall: Investigating how to reach Architectural Qualities using different Façade Design Principles Chalmers ACE MT2022

Direction faculty

Anna Braide, architect, PhD, examiner/supervisor
Kaj Granath, architect, PhD, visiting researcher, supervisor
Jan Larsson, associate professor, supervisor

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