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!

NEW! Delft Housing Innovation Lab

Would you like to work on your Masters’ graduation in a real-life environment, co-creating new living environments with residents and other local stakeholders? Then this is your opportunity to join the Delft Housing Innovation Lab!

The Delft Housing Innovation Lab is linked to the project Together! which the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft is currently developing in partnership with Delft Municipality, Inbo Architects and other industry and societal partners. Do get in touch with us to find out more about how your thesis topic can be linked to this exciting opportunity! Contact d.k.czischke[at] for more information.

Graduates (current)


Dennis Tran

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

After the bachelor of Architecture, I started MBE to get a better grip on building processes to create built environments for people. It is made is made for human beings after all. Do residents still have any power in their housing and community or does that succumb to the demands of the financers? My thesis topic will look into financial accessibility of community land trusts.

Thesis title (provisional): “Investing in community land trusts Overcoming financial insecurities in the Dutch context”

Housing in urban areas in the Netherlands have become virtually inaccessible with a mid-to-low income, because of the market demand. This demand is also the cause of displacement and a loss of a sense of community. Community land trusts (CLT) take a different approach on land-ownership, neighborhood governing and value growth. This could be a model to improve access into the urban housing market while also creating a sustainable community. Many CLTs face shortages of financial investments however. Translating the value of community land trusts to institutional investors could lead to better communities and Real Estate. Conversely, understanding lenders appetite could help CLT initiators’ business plans. The research answers the question: what are the private investors’ terms to invest in community land trusts?

QVFOE0623 (1)Joep Bastiaans

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

Hello, my name is Joep! After my Bachelor Bouwkunde the TU Delft, I am happy to be working on my master thesis within the domain of Housing of the track MBE. My research focuses on the development of collaborative housing concepts for elderly, led by developers. Not many developer-led projects have been realised yet, and therefore I am interested in what strategies are used to overcome the pioneering work.

Thesis title (provisional): “Developer-led collaborative housing for seniors”

The Netherlands is facing a rapidly ageing population. The Dutch government encourages the elderly to ‘age in place’ and to take responsibility for arranging their housing and health care. Meanwhile, almost 80% of the municipalities observe obstacles in the movement of seniors to more adequate housing, often due to, the availability and affordability of housing. Altogether, the life quality of the elderly increased, but as well did loneliness and exclusion amongst them. To overcome this and the increasing health care cost, researchers concluded that collaborative housing concepts are promising solutions for ageing populations. Unfortunately, the current resident-led development processes are long-lasting and difficult. That led to my research question: what strategies do developers design when developing collaborative housing for senior residents in the Netherlands? By interviewing the developer, municipality and residents of various case studies, I hope to explore the success factors and obstacles for realising developer-led collaborative housing for senior residents. Hopefully, this will encourage more developers to initiate such projects to make housing products the market is currently ‘dying for’.

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)

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”