Architecture and Dwelling

Housing affects the everyday life of virtually everyone, everywhere, since forever. Also, if you are going to be an architect, chances are that sooner or later you will be engaged in housing design. In the Architecture and Dwelling design studios, you will be exposed to several intellectual and practical housing challenges, exploring references, expanding knowledge and acquiring valuable experience within the world of residential architecture and global housing challenges.

Focus and approach

Architecture and Dwelling focuses on global challenges such as affordable housing, inclusive cities, and resilient societies. The educational programmes developed by this group deal with the complexity of the urban condition on different scales, with the relationship to the living environment in general and with the individual dwelling in particular. In our studios, both design and research are geared towards the relationship between people, place and space. Topical issues addressed during the studios include flexibility, transformation, density, challenges for the youth and the elderly, sustainability, integration, affordability, inclusivity, patterns of inhabitation and processes of community engagement.


The MSc1 design studio Fundamentals of Housing Design deals with the themes of stacking & linking, repetition & exception, access & circulation, dwelling typology, construction methods, climate control and sustainability. 

The Architecture and Dwelling group offers three MSc2 design studios. The MSc2 design studio “Living with Care” is specifically devoted to new concepts for living in an ageing society. The MSc 2 design studio “Global Housing” challenges participants to explore design solutions to tackle the social and spatial challenges triggered by rapid urbanisation in low and middle-income countries. Additionally, Architecture and Dwelling co-organises the MSc2 interdisciplinary design studio High-Rise Culture in collaboration with the groups of Public Building and Form Studies.

The MSc3 Advanced Housing studio explores design solutions for affordable housing that deal with diversity, live-work interactions, environmental challenges and sustainable design solutions. The MSc3 Global Housing studios focus on affordable housing in the global urban south challenge participants to engage with pressing dwelling and urban issues in cities experiencing rapid urbanisation.

In all graduation studios, students get assigned to a specific site and are expected to develop analysis based on human centred research methods, combined with literature review, morphological and typological analysis.

Please note: The MSc 3 studios ‘Global Housing’ and 'Designing for care' are only offered in the fall semester. 

Programme MSc 1 fall semester 2021 (pdf)

Programme MSc 2 spring semester 2021 (pdf)

Programme MSc 2 studio High-Rise Culture spring semester 2021 (pdf)
The MSc 2 studio High-Rise Culture is offered by Architecture and Dwelling, Architecture and Public Building and Form Studies.

Programme MSc3 Global Housing fall semester 2021 (pdf)
Programme MSc3 Advanced Housing Design fall semester 2021 (pdf)
Programme MSc3 Designing for Care fall semester 2021 (pdf)


Prof. Ir. Dick van Gameren, Dr. Ir. Dick van den Heuvel, Dr. Nelson Mota, Dr. Ir. Birgit Jürgenhacke, Ir. Pierijn van der Putt, Ir. Harald Mooij, Ir. Olv Klijn, Ir. Frederique van Andel, Ir. Theo Kupers, Ir. Niels van Ham, Ir. Robbert Guis

Additional information

Additional information about the projects and student work can be found here.

For detailed course descriptions, please visit the study guide:
MSc 1 (only in fall semester)
MSc 2* (only in spring semester)
MSc 3

* The MSc 2 semester of the Architecture track consists of 5 credits of compulsory courses and 25 credits of electives, of which an approved MSc 2 Architecture design project. See also the MSc 2 design projects page for an overview of MSc 2 Architecture design projects. 



Ir. Pierijn van der Putt

MSc 1, 2 & 3 Dutch Housing Studio

Dr. Nelson Mota

MSc 3 Global Housing Graduation Studio Birgit Jürgenhake

MSc 2 ‘Towards an inclusive living environment’ 
MSc 3 ‘Designing for Care’