First and Second years
(Fundamentals of Architecture)
In the first and second years, students study the various fields forming the foundations of more specialized disciplines, including the theory of architectural environments and building construction methods, and structural design. To link theory directly to real architectural design methods and technologies and gain practical experience, students attend lectures, seminars and studio classes in architectural design, gaining an overview of the various fields of architecture, while learning the fundamentals of technical expression.
Third and Fourth years
To allow students to make choices in accordance with their personal preferences, in Architecture Design III seminars in the following three areas, from which students select the classes they wish to take, are offered. Living design (homes and living): Study and creation of interiors and lifestyle cultures Architectural Design (objects and space): Designing townscapes, focusing on the structural design and forms of buildings Environmental design (city and environment): Light, sound, heat and air design; formal expression of environments.
Students choose one seminar from among six distinctively different options and work to complete their graduation research and project.
Here we take a fresh look at architecture from the viewpoint of living, and think about how it should function as receptacles for human living. This includes discovering various issues in modern living by looking for example at "Japanese-style living" and "spaces for entertaining", and studying topics such as "tearooms" and "Japanese restaurants". Students master the fundamental approach and technique of conducting fieldwork and research in the actual situation before embarking on a project.
Throughout their long development, historic cities have retained old elements, and at the same time found new meanings and directions as they undergo gradual transformations. This mode of transformation has allowed cities to develop into places of historical memory, places with various layers of meaning where people of different generations and positions coexist, and places that have gradually shed the unnatural ambience of the newly developed. Architecture plays a vital role in promoting transformation, and has a profound connection with the principles of urban continuity, sustainability and renewal. Here we focus on these relationships with the city in the design of architecture.
Here we analyze and construct environments from physical and artistic perspectives, and in doing so, endeavor to develop new visions of objects and environments. Gaining insight into the society, people and other living things forming the backdrop to architecture, students design light, sound, heat and air, as well as sky and land.