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.

LisanneLisanne Rissik
since February 2018, MSc track Management in the Built Environment
(Dr Darinka Czischke as first mentor)

Recently graduated from Architecture and whilst working as a Junior Architect for NeutelingsRiedijkArchitects, Lisanne is graduating within the domain of Housing for her second Masters Degree in Management in the Built Environment, with focus on the influence of the rise of sharing economies onto the housing concept of shared living.

Thesis title: “Co-Living. Affordable and profitable housing in the densifying city?”

Worldwide urbanization and individualization is putting pressure on the existing housing supply. A changing demand due to a changing economic and societal environment asks for new affordable solutions on the tight housing market. With the emerging sharing economy the rise of shared housing solutions becomes apparent. Co-living is one of the many shared-housing concepts that is emerging. My research focusses on the economic validity of the co-living concept, in analyzing its ability to provide affordable housing whilst being profitable for its initiators. Through a global case study research, the concept is analyzed through its main characteristics and measured in its ability to serve either affordability and/or profitability as a housing concept.


Nina van Wijk
Since September 2018, double degree MSc Management in the Built Environment and MSc Science Communication (Dr Darinka Czischke as first mentor)

After finishing her bachelor in Architecture, Nina decided to do a double degree master programme at the TU Delft, studying both Management in the Built Environment and Science Communication. She is currently working on an integrated graduation project for these two masters, focusing on how sharing economy can be connected to cohousing initiatives with the goal of empowering their self-organization.

Thesis title (provisional): Supporting self-organization of collaborative housing through sharing economy

The way we live is facing major changes. In the coming decades, there will be an increasing number of single-person households, especially in larger cities. This puts an even larger pressure on an already challenged housing market. Housing prices are increasing and the environmental sustainability of housing is under pressure. Collaborative housing poses a possible solution to these problems. However, self-organization of collaborative housing initiatives is troubled by financial or legal barriers, among other things.
Connecting sharing economy to collaborative housing might provide an answer. Though sharing economy is on the rise, the connection between the concept and collaborative housing has not been explored. In my research, I focus on connecting the two by carrying out a case study, hopefully being able to understand how sharing economy can improve conditions for self-organization.

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 an 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.

Graduates (previous)

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”