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About Architecture

Wide-ranging training not overly weighted toward engineering and technology that also considers the global environment fosters the ability to grasp matters accurately and ponder strategies for the future, from architecture to communities and cities, for sustainable growth in our way of life.

Research Domain

Residential spaces, collective housing, zoning, spatial structures, functions, tranquility, safety, disaster preparedness, earthquake-resistant structures, base isolation and mitigation of seismic motion, super skyscrapers, wood residences, new materials, durability, community, community development, cityscapes, historical architecture, cultural treasures, preservation, redevelopment, renovations, conversion, sound, heat, light, and air, carbon reduction, recycling society

Building System Design Lab.

Kazunobu Minami

The major research topics of the Minami Lab are;

  1. Sustainability of building and city
    - especially on the design of long life housing and the refurbishment and conversion of public buildings into another new use
  2. Research on the theory and the method of an architectural design
    - especially from the view point of the collaboration between residents, architects and specialists
  3. Research on the implementation of Open Building Theory in the continuous improvement of built environment
    - Research on the office conversion in Tokyo and other cities in the world
    - Research on the renovation of large housing estates in Japan and Europe
  4. Research on the development and control of the urban environment
    - especially on the correlations between the buildings, open spaces and green tract of land in cities
  5. Research of the facilities management and corporate real estate management
    - especially on the long term management of large building/housing stocks

In recent years, Dr. Minami has devoted himself in the research of the development of the longer life housing and the sustainability of building and city.

Machizukuri Design Games and Townscape Design


Machizukuri Design Games are workshop techniques for holding ongoing conferences in which residents, experts and local authorities can come together for creative and collaborative dialogue, and are practical tools to help residents and other stakeholders hold conferences and develop shared visions. By using the Design Games, residents can find value in a community’s historical resources, generate ideas for renewal, and proactively engage in a process of consensus-building to determine a target image for the community.
For example, we used the design games to create designs for Takeda-Nezaki, a district of Nihonmatsu City in Fukushima Prefecture. By the holding the design games, the Community Board had designed the main street in 2001, and the residents have had the townscape agreement in 2002. Also the Community Board has organized the Community Townscape Board. The Community Townscape Board had held 114 times design check conferences for 57 buildings along the main street. The main street townscape construction had been completed in 2014. Also two NPO’s were established and have had community actions in this district. By these outcomes, the Community Board got the prize of The City Planning Institute of Japan in 2015.

Machizakuri Design Game
Machizakuri Design Game
 Townscape in Takeda-Nezaki
Townscape in Takeda-Nezaki
Lab. Detail Head of Lab. Keyword
SciVal Profile Yuki Ozawa  
Structural Engineering Lab. Detail Shinji Kishida seismic behavior, prestressed cocrete beam-column joints, reinforced concrete beam-column joints, pile caps
Architecture and Dwelling Environment Design Lab Detail Osami Gota Architectural design , Planning of dwelling environment
Hideaki SHIMURA Laboratory Urban and regional design, and planning Detail Hideaki Shimura  
Architectural Environmental Lab. Detail Naoya Nishimura IAQ, SPM, HVAC System
Building Materials and Construction Lab. Detail Hitoshi Hamasaki Building Materials, Concrete, Durability,
SciVal Profile Masahiro Harada  
Ground/building vibration Engineering Lab. Detail Katsuichirou Hijikata Seismic design,Dynamic Analysis,Building Foundations,Soil-Structure interaction
Architectural History Lab. Detail AkiraFujisawa Izumo-Taisha Shrine, Suwa-Taisha Shrine, Kamo-Wakeikazuti-Jinjya Shrine
Architectural Environment Acoustics Lab. Detail Hiroshi Furuya Concert halls, Theatre, Reverberant Environment, Spatial Impression, Listener Envelopment, Texture of sound field
Architectural Design Lab. Detail Hidetsugu Horikoshi  
Building System Design Lab. Detail Kazunobu Minami Sustainability, Theory and the Method of an Architectural Design, Open Building, Facilities Management

The vision of the Department of Architecture is to nurture individuals with the following skills, and who are able to create a more positive living environment for contemporary societies. The department exposes students to examine historical aspects and explore basic concerns including safety and functionality facing contemporary society, in particular, building structures and their associated environments, being significantly associated with human life.

  1. Understand technological facts and relating this in terms of historical development.
  2. Clearly understand science as a universal law of technology
  3. Recognize the relationships between technology and real-life society, and forecast any potential issues that could arise.
  4. Recognize the significance of manufacturing via the practical implementation of technology.
  5. Noble personality traits and social skills, as well as communication skills.

At the Department of Architecture, we offer education and research to look into the history of the buildings that have been closely connected to human lifestyles, and their environments; to delve into basic problems such as safety and functionality which modern society faces; and to create a better environment for people and society in the new era. For example, we place importance not on “how to build” something, but on “why we build something,” and emphasize the close interests in the various fields of endeavor in human lifestyles. In other words, we seek to understand based on adding areas from a basic knowledge of the natural sciences and humanities to the latest scientific technology for architecture. Our major goal is to train people who have the desire and qualities to allow them to create living spaces for people based on their overall abilities, with a broad perspective and superior analytical skills, and at the same time a rich sense of form.

With a clear vision of one’s own future career path, the graduates are engaged in architectural design (design/structure/facility), architectural production (construction management engineer), and an array of consultancy and manufacturing sectors. Whilst many graduates are engaged in the construction companies, architectural design offices, and house building companies, the numbers of graduates posted as national and local government officials have also increased. Also, a number of the graduates undertake post-graduate education and obtain further depth knowledge of their expertise before moving on to work.