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

Akihiko IWASA

Research Field:
Architectural Planning

Focusing on the hidden theories in architectural and urban space that make person feel comfortable, we analyze them by means of field-survey and try to apply them in practical design.
Through case studies of the space made by voluntary customization, we are trying to find design theory supporting residents to build comfortable environment by themselves.

Kou Kitayama

Kou Kitayama

Research Field:
Architectural Planning

The Socio-Environmental Unit for the City Although a part of Asia, where cities in many countries are expanding, Japan has already become an urban-type society. Tokyo, however, shows two opposite tendencies; it is shrinking and expanding at the same time. As it shrinks and expands, it may gradually become a uniform, monotonous space.
Though larger than a building, an environmental unit is not a city. It is not an enormous building; nor does it have the extent of a community. It is something that has clear identity as a place--an identity that can be sensed when one experiences that place. It is both physical space and abstract system. The studio will attempt to develop such environmental units.

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.

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

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

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.

Makoto Watanabe

Hideaki HAMADA

Research Field:
Architectural Structure Planning

Advances in computing environment and developments of sophisticated analytical methods, coupled with innovative manufacturing and fabrication technologies, have made significant contributions in enabling highly complex and freeform structures that were once considered highly difficult to realize.
Nonetheless, it is worth noting that the modern buildings have often resulted from rather forceful impositions of stylish forms and visuals that lack in structural integrities and rationales.
In response to such conditions, based on the careful examinations at the intersections of the contemporary theories and practices through the lens of the ancient wisdoms and innovative technologies, my research focuses on the development of holistic mode of structural design practices that brings forth the well balance of the aesthetics, rationales, and safeties.

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.

Shun Kawakubo

Shun Kawakubo

Research Field:
Environmental Engineering and Building Equipment

Building and urban environmental engineering laboratory
Pursuit of future sustainable buildings and cities

Buildings and cities play a critical role in human life, and the establishment of a residential environment that promotes the comfortability and health of its residents is a pressing issue. It is important for us to create high-quality and livable built environment while reducing negative environmental impacts. Pursuit of future sustainable buildings and cities is the final goal of our laboratory.

Research topics:
Comprehensive sustainability assessment of built environment (buildings, urban blocks and cities), Research on residential environment to promote residents’ health, Study on reducing negative environmental impacts in building sector

Social contributions:
Expert of the ISO/TC 268 - Sustainable development in communities,
Member of the Japan Green Building Council (JaGBC),
Member of the CASBEE-City development committee, etc.

Academic prizes:
Best paper award (International Conference on Sustainable Building Asia, SB10 Finland Conference, etc.), ESRI young scholars award, Encouraging prize (Architectural Institute of Japan, the City Planning Institute of Japan), etc,

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