Architecture is the discipline that envisions future buildings and cities. Architecture inherits the history and culture of the region and recreates the human environment. Architecture must be easy to use, comfortable, beautiful, and durable. Architecture is not limited to technical aspects of the design and construction of buildings. Architecture covers a wide range of social and cultural aspects that define our living environment. Those involved in architecture and cities need the ability to put together these various elements in a comprehensive manner. Not only it is required to have a comprehensive understanding of technology, but it is also required to have artistic creative ability.
Architecture must be easy to use and accessible, be aesthetically pleasing and be robust and structurally sound. The science of architecture is not limited to technical concerns, it encompasses an incredibly wide range of other issues, including social and cultural perspectives. It is therefore essential for persons engaged in the field of architecture to have the capacity to assimilate these diverse factors and requirements comprehensively. Not only does architecture require an understanding of a wide range of techniques and knowledge, but it is also essential to possess a capacity for artistic creativity. At the Department of Architecture, we engage in teaching and research to enable students to create spaces that are closely intertwined with a diverse range of human activities, from residential homes to city planning. We seek to encourage students to examine architectural culture from a historical perspective and to plan architecture conceptually. This involves methods to design specific shapes and structures, environmental engineering to create an optimal environment, structural technologies to create robust and long-lasting buildings, and an understanding of the materials that are used in the architectural process and techniques and methods for using these materials.
The department of architecture is training future architects and specialist in a range of fields that is vital for design and construction of buildings. The training that the department of architecture provides especially focuses on technical and theoretical aspects of developing diverse needs of houses and cities. The courses at the department of architecture also provide practical training to design culturally relevant, comfortable, and energy-saving buildings. We provide education and training on environmental engineering to create a new environment, building structure technology that can withstand earthquakes and typhoons, understanding of materials that make up buildings, and relevant construction technologies at the department of architecture.
The curriculum of the department of architecture consists of lectures to learn theoretical aspects of various fields that are related to architecture. Our curriculum also has design exercises to acquire skills of design methods, and experiments to acquire specialized knowledge.
Students who are planning to study architecture are expected to have an interest in a wide range of engineering technologies, liberal arts, software science, and basic academic ability in both humanities and natural sciences. Architectural students must have an inquisitive mind to discover problems and creative imagination to solve problems in the living environment.
Architecture is a container that meets the various demands of human life, and at the same time, it is the environment that nurtures social activities, culture, and institutions. Therefore, architecture involves not only technology but also sociology, art, culture that defines the context of a building. Students of the department of Architecture are learning these social and technical requirements of architecture. The department of architecture is conducting courses to learn the long history of architecture that has been accumulated so far. And the design courses allow students to learn all aspects of building design by practically designing them. At the department of architecture, students can learn the skills required to plan and design architecture and cultivate artistic and creative skills through design exercises. Planning and design are not merely limited to individual structures, it encompasses entire cityscapes, which is the environment for individual and community activities. Accordingly, students are encouraged to develop an image of the future cityscapes and also learn about the urban design methods that are required to plan and create ideal and comfortable urban spaces.
The structural aspect of architectural science represents one of the most refined filed of engineering, including the application of the natural sciences. Students of architecture will learn about the structural science of buildings, including pillars, beams, and walls that support the entire building, as well as anti-stress solutions and design techniques that are applied in buildings. Architectural students learn the techniques of structural design through practical exercises. Besides, students study the characteristics of various materials used in buildings. They also learn how to use building materials optimally and how to plan the process of actual construction. Furthermore, students learn methods of buildings economically.
Architectural environmental science is the field that passively designs and actively controls the indoor and outdoor human environment according to the needs of the building. The architectural environment studies also include the healthy architectural environment, architectural acoustics, architectural lighting, and energy consumption in buildings. The department of architecture provides courses to learn principles of various aspects of building environment studies and also provides opportunities to learn how to use those technologies in architectural designs. The practical and analytical knowledge of the building environment is important to earn professional qualifications in architecture. Students who will join master's courses will gain the training that is useful to work in design offices, government offices, think tanks, etc.
Urban disaster management is invaluable for architects and professionals in the built environment field. Students of the department of architecture can learn principles of the development and practical application of management methods for urban disasters. Thos who like to specialize in urban disaster management can study engineering ideas centered on diagnosis, actual measurement, and experiments of various structures, integration of various means such as disaster prediction, disaster prevention management, and crisis management of cities and buildings. Our courses are targeting earthquakes and typhoons in cities.
Urban design is the practice of designing a comfortable and safe urban environment. Students of the department of architecture have the opportunity to learn the principles of designing the future urban environment. The courses available at the department of architecture provide opportunities to acquire knowledge of theory, and technology on community planning, urban design, sustainable urban planning, sustainable urban design informatics, habitat engineering, and regional regeneration design. Specifically, the master's program is provide training to become city planners, town planning specialists, consultants, architects, government officials.