FacultyMajor in Architecture

Architectural Design

Kazuko AKAMATSU

Kazuko AKAMATSU

Research Field:
Architectural Design and Space Design

Architectural space supports activity of people, and also induces various actions of people.
We study environment and spaces (both architectural and urban) surround the inside and outside of architecture throughout “Fluid” such as people activity, time, light, wind, sounds... in order to prove the state of new architectural space.

Naomi Ando

Naomi Ando

Research Field:
Architectural Planning and Urban Planning

The aim of our research is to clarify spatial images of architectural and urban spaces such as streetscapes, plazas, etc. As spatial images are considered to be generated by their physical forms, the analysis of these forms is essential. Form analysis is based on the numerical calculation of form properties or schematic classification.

Taketo Shimohigoshi

Taketo Shimohigoshi

Research Field:
Design and Architectural Design

A well-designed building can transform the appearance of Japanese urban areas with chains of buildings. By analyzing human/cultural phenomena of architecture and urban landscapes through case studies and practical works, we will explore the methods of architectural design that enable sustainability and the possibility to conceive future requirements.

Yuzuru Tominaga

Yuzuru Tominaga

Research Field:
Design and Architectural Design

Our aim is to clarify principles or systems of design in modern architecture, which might be an expression of modern times. We also examine the latest demands on architectural forms that are imposed by new issues pertaining to modern society. Additionally, we study courtyard buildings as a type of urban architecture, where stable inner living spaces can be secured against changeable outer environments, as well as traditional Japanese architecture.

Katsumi Nagase

Katsumi Nagase

Research Field:
Architectural Planning and Architectural Design

In order to create well-balanced communities, I am researching harmonious streetscapes and architectural designs from various viewpoints:
・The principle of harmony in traditional architecture.
・The forms and structures unique to cutting-edge technologies.
・The psychological values in the relationship between objects and humans.
・The creative ideas of form and space.
Comparative research studies on a variety of spaces concerning these viewpoints are carried out in my lab. Students will be able to find links to new forms from the analogy between natural phenomena and artificial forms.

Makoto Watanabe

Makoto Watanabe

Research Field:
Architectural Design and Urban Design

Changes in society inevitably result in changes to architecture. Therefore, we should consider various issues pertaining to these changes: central areas of declined regional cities, future living places and housing complexes corresponding to the transformation of family structures, the architectural meaning of convenience stores, the future meaning of museums in society, how to apply environmental concepts to architectural fields, etc. We will try to find appropriate directions for future architecture in cities, on the basis of urban and architectural design studies as well as practical activities.

History of Architecture & Cities

Satoshi OKAMOTO

Satoshi OKAMOTO

Research Field:
Urban History and Urban Planning

We are studying the historical changes of cities and regions in which we live. What is important in this study, is to learn the historical value of city and region through the five senses. We know that we have an important meaning when a history study pictures an image in the future by being based on a field investigation. And, this study will be connecting to the future.

Hidenobu Jinnai

Hidenobu Jinnai

Research Field:
Architectural History and Urban History

We are studying urban formation and the structureof living spaces in attractiveMediterranean cities based on field research, as well as recent regenerationmovements in historic cities. Our research includes cities with rich living spaces specific to the Mediterranean: ocean citiessuch as Venice,Amalfi, and Gallipoli, cities in Andalusia of Spain,etc. Our goal is to explore the possibilities for living spaces to utilize nature and the history of eachplace. Every year, we conduct field research that focuses on actual measurementsof foreign cities and publish reports and books on the same. Furthermore, from acomparative viewpoint, we arestudying Tokyo from the Edoperiod through the present. In recent years we have highlighted Tokyo, comparing it to international water cities, analyzedits characteristics and charms, and are considering scenarios for regenerationas a water city in the 21st century.

Masahiko Takamura

Masahiko Takamura

Research Field:
Architectural History and Urban History

It has been said that the 21st centuryis the Asian Era. We cannot begin a new age in the field of cities andarchitecture if we stick to typical Western models in the modern age. Ourlaboratory has conducted field research of cities and architectures in variousAsian countries: China, HongKong, Macau, Taiwan,Vietnam, Thailand, Laos,Indonesia,etc. We are analyzing the transmission processes of mechanisms and designsaccumulated in those areas, as well as their effects on living from a historicalviewpoint. At the same time, we are studying the transformation of urban spaces during the period from the pre-modern to themodern ages, and our focus is Tokyo.Our future research activities will provide a basis for Japanese community development in the 21stcentury and architectural regeneration in a creative manner.

Architectural Structure

Mutsuro SASAKI

Mutsuro Sasaki

Research Field:
Architectural Structure and Structural Design

In order to construct rationally safe and beautifulspatial structures, we are studyingforms and relationships of physical structural elements both logically andpractically. We aim to establish methods for new structural designs whereuniversal engineering and formative arts are integrated based on rigorousdynamic theory using a mathematical analysis of morphology. Some programs anddesign methods for analysis/design of morphology that we provided logical basisin the process of research development are applied to actual structural designs.Through an examination of our results, we have obtained feedback from logic andpractice in order to explore the reality of research.

Nagayuki Yoshida

Nagayuki Yoshida

Research Field:
Architectural Structure and Earthquake Engineering

When a large earthquake occurs, "thuds (dosunn),rattling (gata-gata), wobbling (gura-gura) and shaking (yusa-yusa)”are presentand a building collapses (gashan) at some point. When this collapse occurs isdecided by a combination of the following properties: those of the building, theground, and the earthquake. If we could appropriately analyze their combinationand address the situation, those affected by "yusa-yusa" would feel as ifnothing had happened. This is our ultimate goal in engineering seismology and earthquake-resistantengineering. A building might collapse from either "gura-gura" or "yusa-yusa." It is common to deal with "gura-gura" using rigid structures and "yusa-yusa" with flexible structures. It is also important to have knowledge of the soil throughwhich an earthquake transmits its force onto a building, and we are trying to investigatethe dynamic characteristics of earthquakes by way of numerical analysis.

Architectural Environment

Kiyotaka Deguchi

Kiyotaka Deguchi

Research Field:
Environmental Engineering and Building Equipment

A "vernacular architecture" that has been adapted to the climate and weather of each place and cultivated traditionally and historically secures comfort using natural energies. We have examined this phenomenon from an environmental engineering approach, using numerical fluid simulations and field research. The research results have been utilized in modern architectural planning, which will affect the field of ecological architecture.

Building Construction

Yoshiaki Amino

Yoshiaki Amino

Research Field:
Building Construction and Timber Construction

Our civilizations are build up and maintained with building materials and energy transformed from natural resources. Keeping equilibrium between construction methods and the nature is indispensable for the sustainable development of comfortable architectural environment. This point of view raise a question that the present industrialized construction provokes a deviated consumption and unrecycable processing of resources. Our construction ways must follow diversity of natural resources. Under the principle "architecture with close affinity to nature", we are engaged in creative development of timber-based construction.

Major in Architecture