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Architecture and Building Engineering

Architecture and Building Engineering

About Architecture and Building Engineering

The basics and applications in five areas-planning, structures, manufacturing, the environment, and materials- are studied systematically and in sequence. Fieldwork is emphasized in such programs as the training program to learn architecture abroad, which features tours of European and American buildings, and the architecture and building seminar, in which the realities of architecture are studied in workshops.

Research Domain

Architectural design, spatial design, wooden architecture, architectural history, international exchanges, World Heritage sites, urban design, urban policy, community development, local communities, architecture and urban environments, coexisting with the environment, energy conservation and CO2 reduction, materials design, architectural management, manufacturing systems, community information systems, disaster preparedness, earthquakeresistant structures, CAD

We provide sustainable way of living environment to local society based on an intensive fieldwork for architecture and community.

 Ikuro Shimizu

Our laboratory features the fieldwork to understand various "local knowledge and skills" related to architecture, living environment, and society. We conduct fieldwork annually, both in Japan and in overseas, from rural area to mega city. After collecting local knowledge and skills as the primary data, we archive that and, furthermore, try to use as the resources to do actual construction or house planning project in the field. Another aim of our laboratory is to know the way how to organize the community well. We know that traditional society world wide tend to have certain method for a lot of people to live together in collaboration with others in peace. In such society, we collect the way to organize the community and I apply it to urban life today.

Fieldwork has been known as a major method in cultural or social anthropology. We are active to apply this method to architectural study. Fieldwork, sharing time and space with local people, gives us fruitful understanding and idea on society and culture in each research site. Sometimes, religious and ceremonial ritual, magic, livelihood such as rice farming and hunting - gathering, ecological environment will be target for our research. When we do the fieldwork, we can see not only architecture but also a variety of current social and cultural problems. As an instance, drastic changes in the quality of living by globalization occur everywhere in modern world. In addition, aging and population outflow have been common in current Japan. Participating as the member of the community and observing as the researcher in each field, we try to capture the reality that people live, and make architectural or spatial proposal that lead to the future.

Head of Lab. Detail Keyword
Shinobu Akahori Detail Construction of the public value, Natural Environment and the Paysage in the city, Sustainability, Expression of the Space
Takashi Akimoto Detail Comprehensive Assessment System for Build Environment Efficiency, Smart Wellness House, Zero Energy House, Energy Efficient Building, Thermal Comfort, Indoor Environment, Personalized Air Conditioning System, Workplace Productivity, Building Facilities, Energy Management, etc.
Yoko Ito Detail  
Hirotake Kanisawa Detail Specialist Sub-Contractor, Skilled Labours, Fringe Benefit, employment, Interior finish work, Progress information, Information transmission route,Organigraph, Carpenters, Traditional skill,Timber joinery, Mechanisms of the skill
Kenji Kabayama Detail Building structure, Seismic performance, Safety of structure, Disaster prevention, Disaster reduction, Recycling society, Structural experiment, Structural analysis
Fumitoshi Kumazawa Detail  
Hirosuke Sato Detail Transitional City, Sustainable City, City for Aging Society, Urban Regeneration, Housing Complex Regeneration, Regeneration of Rural Area, Public Space・Open Space, Vacant House, Landscape Design, Area Management, Community Design
Kazuya Shide Detail Building information model, Synchronized multi-site scheduling method, Construction sub-system, Construction management, Facility management, Integral/Modular, Statistical analysis, Multi agent simulation
Ikuro Shimizu Detail Society, Culture, Mass consumption, Symbolism, Ecological environment, Vernacular, Comparative cultural study on man-made space
Taira Nishizawa Detail Alternative resources, Environment, Technology, Mathematics, Economy, Politics (survival base for the underclass)
Kimiya Murakami Detail  
Kenji Motohashi Detail ISO 15686 Series, Reference Service Life Time,Formaldehyde, Volatile Organic Compounds, Small Chamber,Sprayed Asbestos, Asbestos Abatement, Environmental Safety

The vision of the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering is to nurture individuals with the following skills in order to foster expertise with not only technical know-how, but also with noble personality traits regarding culture and technology embraced by architecture/urban cities.

  1. Ability to exploit ones expertise relating to engineering and architecture in an efficient manner.
  2. Communication skills underpinned by in-depth academic intellect and a broad perspective.
  3. Problem-solving abilities capitalizing on true ethical judgments and superior engineering sense.
  4. Internationally recognized skills as an architect or architectural engineer.

The educational goal of the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering is to train specialists in urban and architectural culture and technology. Architecture is a technology and a culture with an ancient history. In modern society in particular, rich urban spaces are built through interweaving large and small buildings that are sustained by both traditional wooden building techniques and advanced technology. In this era, architectural engineers for the next generation are required to have techniques for planning, designing, and passing down architecture and urban culture from the perspective of city lifestyles, environmental management techniques that take into account health and happiness that is gentle to the global environment, architectural techniques to create buildings that can resist earthquakes and other disasters, the architectural materials technologies to achieve this, and complex and diversifying architectural production techniques. In this Department, we offer education and research that balances out these basic techniques properly, using multiple disciplines, and aim to train specialists in each field who can also be recognized internationally. We invite students who share these policies and want to contribute to the development of culture from an architectural perspective.

Graduates are engaged in wide-ranging placements that include design offices, urban city development, general construction companies, house building companies, and national/local government officials. A number of graduates undertake post-graduate education.