The department consists of three educational courses: Architectural planning and history, Environmental design and control in architecture, and Architectural structures and materials. At the conclusion of study graduate students are expected to understand the latest architectural theories and technologies, and to be highlevel experts such as architects, planners, and building engineers who will play active parts in the global marketplace.
Architecture embodies a fusion of art,culture, social need, patronage, and technology. The significance of architectural planning and history is nor that they were the first result of the interaction of human society and technology,but they constitute the first cultural tradition which, as a result of that interaction, disseminated in architectural space the ideal of the unity of theory and practice. To explicate these facets of architecture, the student, intending to be an architect who can bring his or her professional expertise to bear on planning and design of architecture,is expected to synthesize information from analysis, investigation,and the study of the whole process of design.
Precisely, architecture refers to manmade environments which are quarried from the natural environment in order to allow humans to live safely and amenably. Architectural Environment Studies, however, is the study of spatial systems with a view to the active control and passive design of interior and exterior physical environments, in line with the purposes of an edifice. This course seeks to train not only environmental designers and environmental engineers specializing in lighting, sound and air conditioning,but also talented people capable of the comprehensive analysis, evaluation and design of environmental problems related to architecture, from the perspectives of human physiology and psychology, as well as of the global environment and energy.
Architecture is concerned with providing shelter to allow humans to live their lives safely and comfortably. Architectural structure studies is the study of spatial systems that will allow the formation of architecture as structures that can withstand external disturbances such as gravity, earthquakes,typhoons and heavy snowfall. Japan is a country particularly prone to earthquakes, and the ever increasing concentration of both population and vital national functions in our urban areas had led to strong demand for high-level earthquake resistance technologies. In this Architectural Structures and Materials course, students will study an integrated curriculum covering architectural materials, struc-tural mechanics, structural analysis,earthquake resistant construction,construction design, and the construction industry. The curriculum is designed to foster researchers, structural engineers and structural designers capable of creating safe, functional and attractive spaces. The course welcomes students with the drive and determination to become experts in the above fields.
"Sustainable Architecture and Urban Systems" course and program train students to elaborate methodologies and technologies for the innovation of architecture and urban systems, which leads to solve emerging problems on human environment as well as global climate. This program and course provide students with opportunities to work up advanced knowledge and skills required in order to be architects,planners, engineers and researchers who will have initiative to implement the policies, theories, planning and design methods for the sustainability of our future societies.