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AUT164 - Future visions for healthcare, housing and work 1: Residential healthcare - housing for seniors
Rum för hälsa, boende och arbete 1: Vård i hemmet - bostäder för äldre
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-04 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPARC
22,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering

Course selection in architecture has a separate process. Please contact Director of Studies Anna Knutsson if you have questions.
Teaching language: English
Application code: 05131
Open for exchange students: Yes
Maximum participants: 28

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Project 9,5 c Grading: TH   9,5 c    
0217 Project 13,0 c Grading: TH   13,0 c    

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AUT161   Space for healtcare, housing and work 1B. Elderly AUT163   Future visions for healthcare, housing and work 1: Residential healthcare - Housing for Seniors


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

To be admitted to the course you have to meet the entry requirements for the master's programme Architecture, MPDSD or MPDCF.


To practice the design, of housing for elderly, in the context of real problems and plans in society. This design project is an application that offers to combine aspects of space for healthcare, housing and work.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Knowledge and understanding
- Describe and refer to different aspects of architecture for an ageing society.
- Describe and refer to relevant research findings in the sector of housing for seniors.

Ability and Skill

- Be able to fulfill a qualified project within architecture, targeting an ageing population.
- Be able to design, develop and preserve the built environment in a holistic perspective regarding existing values and demands from different user's perspectives.
- Be able to take place in a design team for housing for elderly and understand the prerequisites of housing for old persons.
- Be able to handle the specific prerequisites when physical space has more than one purpose.

Ability of Assessment and Attitude
- Be able to integrate human needs and esthetic values in a long-term sustainable architecture.
- Be able to holistically weigh in relevant scientific, societal, aesthetic and ethnical aspects in their judgments and tradeoffs, taking into account needs of the society and all people's different needs and abilities, as well as to the collaboration between people and the physical habitat, including working space.
- Be able to in a national as well as an international context in the image and model, oral, written and otherwise, in dialogue with different groups, clearly present and discuss their conclusions and the knowledge and arguments that form the basis for the conclusions. This includes also being able to communicate on their design with relevant parts in real planning. In this course the generic skills of communication and visualization, oral and in written will be trained.


Students will do a design project on a real problem and site of a building where care will be combined with housing for old people. Either it will be Senior housing, which means forms in between the ordinary housing and the specific housing-units for elderly, including services and space for common activities, or it will be a building where healthcare is more in forcus. The dialogue with external persons is vital and also the presentation to different external experts.


The course is based on team work in a design-exercise and supported by lectures, workshops, seminars of literature and study-visits.


An example of literature is
Reginer, Victor, FAIA: Design for assisted living; guidelines for housing the physically and mentally frail, ISBN 0-471-3518-2

Examination including compulsory elements

To obtain the grade passed, the following is required:
- To take active part in the team work, workshops, lectures and seminars
- To present the results, orally and in drawings in an external context

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