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Department of Architecture


The Department of Architecture was established in 1967. Since then, the department has played an important role as a leading department in this field in the Kansai district. The location of the department, on the Senriyama campus, means that many buildings and sites in and around the former Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara are easily accessible, and this geographical advantage helps students to understand both traditional and modern Japanese culture from the viewpoint of architecture. Architecture, as both an art and a science, comprises aesthetic, social, and economic aspects as well as technical ones. The department accordingly offers many interdisciplinary subjects, so as to equip students to meet the requirements for qualification as a professional architect, urban planners, architectural engineers, and architectural researchers. These subjects are grouped into three categories: the Planning and History Group, which deals with planning, design, history, and theory, the Structural Engineering Group, covering structural principles, analysis, and construction technology, and the Environmental Engineering Group, which deals with such environmental sciences as lighting, acoustics, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning. The department maintains close links with the Architectural Institute of Japan, through a variety of academic research and practical work. The department also encourages students to enter design competitions and to take part in joint research programs with other institutions.

Academic Staff

  • Architectural and Land Design (Architectural and Urban Environmental Design)
  • Architectural History
  • Urban & Territorial History
HARA Naoya
  • Design and Control of the Visual and Lighting Environment
  • Design Based on Perception of Color, Brightness, Glare and Visibility
  • Psychophiysics of Vision and Color Science
ITO Atsushi
  • Builing Foundation Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering
KAWAI Yasuhito
  • Environmental Engineering I Laboratory, Acoustical Design of Rooms and Noise Control
  • Design and Management of Public Space
  • Site Planning and Urban Dwelling
  • Urban Regeneration
MASUI Takeshi
  • Structural and Geotechnical Mechanics
  • Mechanics of Building Structures
  • Structural Design of Buildings
  • Earthquake Engineering
  • Stochastic Structural Dynamics
  • Seismic Design
  • Conservation Engineering
OKA Eriko
  • Urban Living Environment
  • Urban Planning and Housing
  • Landscape and Living Scenery
OKAGE Yoshifumi
  • Landscape Design
  • Architectural Desing
  • Environmental Design for Children's Play
  • History and Theory of Modern Architecture
  • Architectural Conservation
IKENAGA Masahiro
  • Study on Earthquake Response Characteristics
  • Development on Seismic Control Technology
  • Study on Displacement Control Design
KAMETANI Yoshihiro
  • Green Building and Sustainable Development
  • Design for the Aged and the Handicapped
  • Townscape and Landscape
TOYODA Masahiro
  • Vibroacoustic Analysis
  • Prediction of Floor Impact Noise
  • Improvement of Sound Insulation Performance
  • Green Building/ Cool Roof
  • Urban Climate/ Urban Heat Island
  • Remote Sensing/ Geographic Information System
NOMURA Masaharu
  • Research on the city management directed by Japanese financial cliques
  • Research on the development of office buildings as building type
  • Architectural design