About me

Portfolio of an architecture student

Hej ! My name is Marie Lou Valdes, and I am currently studying a Master in Achitecture and Urban design at Chalmers University, Sweden.  Here is the record of my past, present and future works, with different scales and programmes.

The "portfolio" section shows projects from newest to latest, both in Chalmers for the master and ENSAM (Ecole Nationale supérieure d'Architecture de Montpellier) for the bachelor.
The "skills" section represent my progress in the knowledge of different architecture softwares and machines.

If you want to contact me, links to my LinkedIn, Issuu and Email are shown at the bottom. Enjoy !

Work in progress


The past decade, human activity has contributed to climate change around the world. It is estimated that buildings contribute to one third of total global greenhouse gas emissions, conducted by a misleading use of technologies. Scientific evidence suggests that it is a causal factor in rising sea levels, increased occurrence of severe weather events, food and water shortages, and the loss of biodiversity around the world.  In the future, the world will undergo potentially dangerous changes in climate, which will have a significant impact on almost every aspect of our environment, economies and societies. Thus, following precise and well though set of rules can achieve significant reductions. Now that the awareness of the world increase, architects can no longer dodge the issue.

For centuries societies have built sustainable structures with the help of empirical builders. Vernacular architecture, is the simplest form of addressing human needs, and yet, is seemingly forgotten in modern architecture. The purpose of the thesis is to gather a set of rules, though vernacular architecture, that practitioners can easily understand and follow.

The thesis will focus on rising sea levels problems through the globe. A panel of three or more locations gathering the same issues will be identified and their respective vernacular architecture analysed thanks to study cases. The thesis will tear apart the cultural, religious, aesthetic data from the real climate responsive design in vernacular. Collateral climate problems (extreme wind, temperatures, lack of biodiversity) will also be processed. Another method of working could also be in-site testing.

The primary end result is a design tool, for amateurs and specialists. Criteria for the design tool directly comes from vernacular architecture and the use of  “common sense” that have been lost in time. It will be presented so that everybody can easily understand and use it. The second end result, inspired by the first tool,  is a proposed design of a house for Gothenburg. The city is facing several future problems related to climate, the most important being rising sea levels.


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