Graduation Lab

We regularly coach Master’s students from the MSc Programme Architecture, Urbanism and Building Science, with their Graduation theses. When doing their thesis with us, students benefit from the expertise of Co-Lab research group members. They also have the opportunity to disseminate their research through Co-Lab Research networks and the Co-Lab Blog, amongst others. They may also have the opportunity to integrate their research into ongoing projects within our group.

Check out our current and past graduates and their work!

Graduates (2021-22)

Hugo Smid

MSc track Management in the Built Environment (September 2020), Dr Darinka Czischke as first mentor.

Thesis title (provisional): “Collaborative Private Commissioning –  initiatives of elderly and the stimulating role of the municipality”

During my bachelor of Architecture, I started working as an autocad drawer for a building company. While making drawings I figured out that the work my boss did was way more interesting. Managing building projects for the client and bringing people together got my attention. Therefore, I started MBE to gain more knowledge about this. During the masters I discovered that a lot needs to be done in elderly healthcare & housing, which is a reason to graduate in the field of Housing. 

Future elderly have different wishes about growing old and their housing preferences than current or previous elderly. Clustered residential (care) forms are gaining more interest. Collaborative Private Commissioning (CPC) is one of the several clustered forms which is gaining more popularity amongst elderly. Despite the growing popularity of these forms, CPC initiatives of elderly develop slowly due to underlying local reasons. Think for example about: locations, organisation and complexity within the municipality for an integrated approach. Therefore, my research is about: How can municipalities stimulate Collaborative Private Commissioning initiatives for elderly in the Netherlands?

Danielle Schol

Master program Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering (MSc MADE)  (September 2020).

Mentors: Dr Darinka Czischke (TU Delft) and Dr Karin Peters (Wageningen University).

Thesis title: “Co-housing as an opportunity for the re-integration of economic homeless people in society”

Hi everyone, my name is Danielle and I’m currently in the last stage of the master’s degree: Metropolitan Analysis, Design, and Engineering. After my bachelor’s in Architecture at the TU Delft, I wanted to gain a wider understanding of sustainable development and metropolitan challenges, such as urban sustainability and the quality of life in cities.

In my research, I’m focusing on co-housing as a housing intervention for economic homeless people that contributes to re-integration in society. The situation is now that economic homeless people fall between two stools and do not qualify for any help.

One of the consequences of the tightness on the housing market and the corona crisis is the enormous increment of economic homeless people. Several newspapers in Amsterdam published already in October of 2020 articles about a tripling in new applications compared to the previous year. Economic homeless people are people who lost their home due to critical life event(s), such as dismissal or a divorce or because of (a combination) of debts, unemployment, and mortgage payments. Within this group, there is no sign of severe mental illness or addiction.

At this moment, they do not qualify for any help and need to rely on the charity of friends and family. This support is not unlimited and in the end, being homeless is resulting in social disconnectedness. A potential housing intervention to provide economic homeless people a chance to participate again in society, is co-housing. Co-housing is seen as a small social sustainable community, meaning that within this community social networks can be strengthened and residents can receive the support they need.

In this research, I’m focusing on possible social design elements of co-housing that will help economic homeless people reintegrate into society. This research will contribute to a project of the municipality of Amsterdam that is currently researching the potential of housing typologies in order to reduce the pressure on social assistance, so citizens can solve their own problems independently or with a social network.

Graduates (previous)

Dennis Tran – 2021, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

Realizing community land trusts for affordable homeownership: Capitalizing on opportunities and overcoming barriers in the Dutch housing market

Joep Bastiaans – 2021, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

Professional collaborative housing concepts for seniors: How to professionally develop for the elderly who are ‘dying to get started’

Annalena Meixner – 2020, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

Sharing Sustainability: The concept of sharing in collaborative housing for more sustainable cities

Mees Zonneveld – 2020, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

The bottlenecks in the process of realizing a housing cooperative in cities in the Netherlands

Glenn Jones- 2020, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

Stimulating collaborative housing for and by seniors: An empirical study into the housing demands of young seniors, and the constraints they encounter while realising collaborative housing projects.

Lisanne Rissik – 2019, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

XS>XL: The emerging concept of commercial co-living and its influence on users-affordability and developers-profitability

Nina van Wijk – 2019, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

What’s mine is ours: Empowering cohousing communities towards self-organization through sharing economy

Evi Dirks  – 2019, MSc track Architecture (Explore Lab)

“Houses are more than containers for Humans: The design brief with and within a cohousing group”

Suzanne Elliott – 2018, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

“CPC and affordable private rental housing. An explorative study of collaboration between parties”

Juan Carlos Romero – 2017, MSc track Management in the Built Environment

 “Towards collaborative approaches in urban regeneration: A case study in the Latin American context”

Stephanie Zeulevoet – 2016, MSc track Architecture (Explore lab)

 “Minimal dimensions / Maximum life: A proposal for collective self-organised housing for starters in Amsterdam”

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