AD222V Architecture for an Ageing Society 10.0 credits

Arkitektur för ett åldrande samhälle

The course focuses on the task of designing an appropriate architecture for an elderly person experiencing a need of assistance and care. The task concerns to an equal extent ageing in place in the ordinary offer of domestic buildings (senior housing, Community-with-Security Housing) as ageing in a sheltered housing (residence for frail elderly people, nursing homes). The course assumes that architecture can be perceived as the physical framework around the ageing person’s existential space, and consequently subject to individual adjustments to improve accessibility, usability, recognition, security, safety and provision of tactile, visual and social stimulation in everyday life. Lectures and a compulsary exercise to evaluate a residence for elderly frail persons will highlight how architecture may contribute to create a supportive and therapeutic framework in a situation of assistance and care for an elderly person. The course is entirely internet-based with two compulsory seminars in the beginning and at the end of the course.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The course contains 8-10 thematic lectures around aspects which affect the architectural design. The lectures introduce important questions in the research field, organisational issues related to municipal eldercare, care philosophies, theories about ageing, a historic retrospective, and experience of colour and space. The compulsary exercise is an evaluation of a residence for elderly frail people in use, which is chosen in close collaboration with a municipal eldercare administration. 

Intended learning outcomes *

Lectures, study visits and the compulsary assignement will provide deeper knowledge about architecture perceived from an ageing perspective. The focus is on how architectural properties can act supportive for an elderly frail person in need of daily assistance and care, where the need is caused by severe functional incapacities or a dementia diagnosis. The course’s goal is to provide new knowledge which can be activated in the early phase of the design process, where a generating image is formulated in the creation of new or converted old architecture. The course is entirely internet-based with two compulsory seminars in the beginning and at the end of the course.

Course Disposition

The lectures and the compulsary exercise highlight how the architectural design may act supportively in a situation of procuring assistance and care to a frail elderly person. The assignment aims for a personal accumulation of knowledge by writing a paper of ten to twelve pages (inquiry by design).

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

  • 60 hp (1 year of university studies) in the field of architecture, landscape planning, urban planning, social work, or care and nursing
  • Documented proficiency in Swedish B and English A or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

No information inserted


No information inserted


The compulsary list of literature will be announced in the beginning of each new course. 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • MOM1 - Project/Essay, 7.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • MOM2 - 80% Participation, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

  • MOM1 - Projekt/uppsats, 7,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • MOM2 - 80% deltagande, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F 

To obtain the grade passed on the whole course, both moments have to be passed.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

No information inserted

Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

No information inserted


Per Fransson

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AD222V

Offered by


Main field of study *


Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

No information inserted