Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering
Curriculum and introduction of courses
All students in our department learn in basic education and fundamentals for professional education for the first one and half a years from first grade to the first term in second grade. Then they are divided into two courses and learn professional subjects for the next one and half a years from the latter term in the second to the latter term in third grade. For the last one year (fourth grade), they study in their own laboratories and prepare graduation research under the guidance of their instructors.
The partition between the two courses in our department is rather loose because it is intended to provide students with small-group education fitting their personality. In other words, all students in the department receive common education in the first one and half a year to acquire general problem consciousness and basic scholastic ability. Then they are separated into two courses of “Architecture and Building Engineering” and “Civil Engineering” for next two and a half years and take classes specific to each goal. However, they are allowed to attend classes of other courses as option depending on their interests and efforts. Additionally, we try to provide students with opportunities for wide learning and character formation. They include social experience of appreciation of off-campus architectures, tours of work sites of building and construction, and interaction with senior students and members of society.
Course of Architecture and Building Engineering
Students are asked to understand their environment in the scale of “architectonics” and to aim at obtaining technique to reconstitute it on that scale. Although architectonics has developed from ancient times as a comprehensive art including “convenience”, “strength” and “beauty”, the tendency of “exclusive use and differentiation” has been promoted recently with the advancement of modern technology diluting its traditional character of “general art.” We have prepared, in this course, creative curriculum full of exercises and practice, laying weight on integration of variety of knowledge of engineering, humanities, and social science in the scale of architectonics.
Course of Civil Engineering
Students are asked to understand issues in their living environment in a multiple scale of “community”, “area”, and “country” and to aim at establishing a technique to build local life space from comprehensive perspective. Cooperation of various people achieves a rich space of community life in the 21st century, as seen in the movement of “creating community.” We must integrate the wisdom of various fields to bring about harmonious coexistence with environment. In this course, we provide students a varied and systematic curriculum to help them put wide knowledge covering standpoint from natural to social sciences and from community to the earth globe.
Training camp for freshmen (Mikuni town, academic 2009)
Scene from exercise in 3F atelier
Scene from survey training
Scene from a tour of an expressway construction site.
Scene from a design exercise during a review session using a model of a city