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 (current)

MeesMees Zonneveld

Since February 2019, MSc track Management in the Built Environment
(Dr Darinka Czischke as first mentor)

After my Bachelors Degree in Architecture at the TU Delft I’m now graduating within the domain of Housing for my Masters Degree in Management in the Built Environment, with focus on the business models to develop co-living projects for young families in the big cities in the Netherlands.

Thesis title (provisional): “Young family co-living in the big city”

The Netherlands is facing a problem at the housing market. Middle income households often fall in the gap between the social housing sector and the market sector. The supply in middle income dwellings is to small and the price per square meter for market rental dwellings is about double the price for a square meter in the social sector (in Amsterdam). Young families do want to stay in the city and the municipalities of the big cities in the Netherlands support this. Cohousing could save costs and offers possibilities for young families to stay in the city, because of a cheaper rent. However, cohousing is hard to execute without the help of other people and costs lots of time. Co-living offers in this case possibilities, since co-living is executed by a somebody else then the future residents. Case study interviews with people using different business models to execute co-living projects and business data from developers will offer the data to determine the best business model to execute co-living projects. With this information municipalities could stimulate the market to scale up the production of co-living projects. This could be a part of the solution for the renting gap on the housing market and could make young families stay in the big cities.

glenn_normal_optimGlenn Jones

Since February 2019, MSc track Management in the Built Environment (Dr. Darinka Czischke as first mentor)

After finishing his bachelor of Architectural Engineering in Delft, Glenn is now graduating on the topic of collaborative housing for and by seniors in the Netherlands. He focuses on clarifying to what degree collaborative housing projects can relieve the housing needs of the increasingly aging population, and on how the development process can be improved.

Thesis title (provisional): “Stimulating collaborative housing for and by seniors: identification of constraints from a resident perspective”

Like many Western-European countries, the Netherlands is rapidly aging. Patterns of aging however are also rapidly changing: seniors are healhier, more educated, are more affluent, live longer, and as a result, have different housing needs than the generations of seniors before them. At the same time, more and more concerns are voiced over a qualitative and quantitative housing mismatch for this group, by municipalities, real estate developers, and other market-initiated housing suppliers. Collaborative housing is one form of self-organised housing that seeks to resolve such a housing mismatch and has been argued to bring other significant benefits. Through empirical research, using qualitative research methods, the research investigates the extent of the quantitative and qualitative housing mismatch, to what degree collaborative housing could play a role in relieving it, and how to development process can be improved.

IMG_59631-2Annalena Meixner

Since October 2019, MSc track Management in the Built Environment (Dr Darinka Czischke as first mentor)

After finishing my Bachelor of Architecture in Germany, I chose the masters degree of Management in the Built Environment at TU Delft to gain a wider understanding of the current issues and possibilities within the built environment. My graduation project focuses on the sustainability of collaborative housing communities achieved by sharing.

Thesis title (provisional): “Sharing Sustainability – The concept of Sharing in Collaborative Housing for more sustainable Cities”

Recent societal developments, as well as environmental problems like global warming, demand more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable lifestyles and dwellings. Collaborative housing describes a possible path to meet those demands, essentially by sharing spaces and goods. For example, sharing increases the social interaction between households, and the reduced resource consumption through sharing, instead of owning tools and devices, not only saves money but also benefits the environment. To determine how the concept of sharing in collaborative housing can contribute to more sustainable cities, the question of whether sharing increases the dwellings’ sustainability, is answered. To this end, mixed-methods research is carried out, with the objective to gain insight into the lived practice and draw conclusions for future developments.

Graduates (previous)

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”