Dept. of Architecture & Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering / Graduate School of Science & Engineering, Kagoshima University.

Outline of this department

Architecture is a synthetic and comprehensive technology to create spaces for human activities. Therefore, this technology requires extensive knowledge, which ranges from natural science to the humanities and sociology, and advanced theories on architectural planning, building environment and building structures.

In the first year of this department, basic subjects, such as mathematics, physics and languages etc., and general educational subjects, such as philosophy, psychology and sociology etc., are studied. In the second and the third year, advanced subjects are studied, which are concerned with building structures under gravity load, seismic load and wind load, building environment to provide a comfortable space and theories of architectural planning. In addition, architectural design practices are studied over the first 3 year period and a trip to observe buildings in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara is undertaken in the second year. In the fourth year, each student is assigned to one of the following laboratories and produces both a thesis and an architectural design as graduate work.

Staff
AJISAKA Toru
Prof.
Architectural Design,
Architectural Planning,
Regional Revitalization
Ajisaka Lab. >>> HP
KIKATA Junne
Prof.
Architectural History /
Urban History,
Urban Design,
Historic Preservation
Kikata Lab. >>> HP
KUROKAWA Yoshiyuki
Assoc.Prof.
Building Materials,
Construction Engineering
Kurokawa Lab. >>> HP
KOYAMA Yusuke
Assoc.Prof.
Town & Country Planning,
Housing Studies
Koyama Lab. >>> HP
SAWADA Kiichiro
Assoc.Prof.
Seismicity of Corrosive Steel Members,
Optimization of Steel Structure,
Seismic Design of Steel Structure
Sawada Lab. >>> HP
SHIOYA Shinichi
Prof.
Reinforced Concrete Structures for Building,
Seismic Design for Building,
Timber Structure for Building
Shioya Lab. >>> HP
SHIBATA Akihiro
Assoc.Prof.
Architectural Design,
Design Theory
Shibata Lab. >>> HP
SOGA Kazuhiro
Prof.
Environmental Engineering
Soga Lab. >>> HP
TAKANO Atsushi
Assoc.Prof.
Sustainable building design,
Environmental assessment,
Wood and Wood construction
Takano Lab. >>> HP
NIMIYA Hideyo
Prof.
Environmental Architectural Engineering,
Architectural Equipment Engineering
Nimiya Lab.
Park Kwanghyun
Assis.Prof.
Architectural Design Theory, Urban Design Theory
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HONMA Toshio
Prof.
Structural Mechanics,
Continuum Mechanics,
Computational Mechanics,
Computational Engineering
Honma Lab. >>> HP
MASUDOME Makiko
Assis.Prof.
Architectural Design,
Architectural Planning
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MATSUU Satomi
Assis.Prof.
Building Environmental Engineering,
Building Equipment
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YOKOSUKA Yohei
Assis.Prof.
Structural Mechanics
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NAKAGAWA Rika
Assistant Clerk
IZAKI Takeshi
Technical Staff
NAKAMURA Tatsuya
Technical Staff
HORIZOE Machiko
Technical Assistant
 
 
Laboratories & Research topics

Architectural Planning

Ajisaka Lab >>> HP
(Architectural Design)

  • Architecture Design
  • Research on Architecture of modern movement
  • Research on preservation and conservation of the building
  • Research on library buildings and school buildings
  • Research on office buildings and workplace
  • Research on old village named ‘FUMOTO” inKagoshima

Kikata Lab >>> HP
(Architectural Design Theory)

  • Research on the planning history
  • Research on the historic preservation
  • Research on urban design/landscape planning

Shibata Lab >>> HP
(Architectural Design)

  • Research on the facades of the modern and contemporary architectures
  • Research on the architectural aesthetics
  • Research on the formative design of the contemporary architectures

Koyama Lab >>> HP
(Architectural Design Theory)

Koyama Laboratory was established in April 2016. We study housing and town planning systems that support sustainable local communities in an era of demographic, social, economic, and political transition in Japan and other countries. Our research involves field study and practice in communities and historical and inter-regional comparative study. The objectives of our laboratory are to develop concepts and methods for understanding the relationship between society and architecture and to find and explore new perspectives in housing and town planning.

Building Environment

Nimiya Lab
(Building Utilities)

  • Research on buildings’ thermal performance
  • Relationship between the buildings and weather conditions
  • Research on energy-saving buildings

Soga Lab >>> HP
(Environmental Engineering)

Due to global warming, climate change has recently been progressing in many regions. This laboratory researches on building service systems adapting to climate change as well as realizing low carbon building. In order to develop the systems, objective climate data covering from the past to the future is required. Based on such scientific information, we are aiming to realize adaptation and mitigation measures for climate change into building service systems.

Takano Lab >>> HP
(Sustainable building design)

This laboratory considers how building design and construction can be better from environmental aspects. When we think about living environment, recently the concept of sustainability is often advocated, and this concept will end up as the concept of survivability. Especially, a relationship between building and global environment is significant issue. In this context, we are studying sustainable building solutions covering building materials and resources. Accumu- lation of fundamental knowledge is aimed in order to bring diverse solutions into building design and construction for the future.

Building Structure

Honma Lab >>> HP
(Architectural and Computational Engineering)

  • Generation of structural forms and systems, and structural optimization (structural morphogenesis)
  • Development and establishment of numerical analysis procedure using a life like approach
  • Numerical analysis of form finding and mechanical behavior for membrane structures
  • Environmental vibration assessment and analysis
  • Dynamic stability analysis of structures
  • Urban and landscape analysis, and its assessment

Shioya Lab >>> HP
(Building Structure Studies)

This laboratory does research on novel seismic structure with reinforced concrete frame. In addition, new wooden structure has been studied since 2010. In Japan, wood construction has thus far been mainly used in small scale buildings due to past war and earthquake disaster. However, the development of large scale buildings from wood has lately attracted considerable attention incorporating several aspects (e.g. availability of resource, environmental aspects). We have developed new “reinforced glulam structure”, where recycled rebar is inserted in glulam (Japanese cedar) realizing 6-8 times higher stiffness as well as 3 times higher strength compared to normal glulam. The first pilot building has been built based on this structure. At the moment, we are developing new wooden shear wall system combining the reinforced glulam and CLT (Cross Laminated Timber), and the second pilot building is being designed based on the system.

Kurokawa Lab >>> HP
(Building Materials, Construction Engineering)

  • Rheology of fresh concrete
  • Non-destructive testing method of concrete

Sawada Lab >>> HP
(Building Structure Studies)

  • Development of the new timber frames strengthened with reinforcing bars
  • Development on the new reinforced concrete system for buildings to prevent resultant damages and resultant displacements after mega-earthquake
  • Research on the three-dimensional measurement technique of internal stress distribution of concrete
  • Research on earthquake resistance of existing reinforced concrete buildings
Graduate School

Master's Program is divided into three courses: Architectural Planning, Architectural Environment, and Architectural Structure. The course takes over from the undergraduate curriculum and offers comprehensive education and research opportunities.

In the first year of this department, basic subjects, such as mathematics, physics and languages etc., and general educational subjects, such as philosophy, psychology and sociology etc., are studied. In the second and the third year, advanced subjects are studied, which are concerned with building structures under gravity load, seismic load and wind load, building environment to provide a comfortable space and theories of architectural planning. In addition, architectural design practices are studied over the first 3 year period and a trip to observe buildings in Kyoto, Osaka and Nara is undertaken in the second year. In the fourth year, each student is assigned to one of the following laboratories and produces both a thesis and an architectural design as graduate work.

Educational Goals (Philosophy) and Prospective Students

Our goal is to educate students who have the ability to identify and solve problems, to master the basic academic skills necessary to experiment and analyze, to apply the results of research to their specialized fields and beyond, and to collaborate broadly with different fields so that they become self-reliant scientists, engi- neers, or researchers in the architectural profession. We welcome individuals with basic scholastic ability and willingness to seek advanced and specialized training through the education and research provided through the Architecture Course.

Admission Policy

We aim to develop professionals and specialists who can inherit humanity’ s architectural culture and technology, and with consider- ation for the preservation of the environment take on the responsi- bility of using advanced technology comprehensively to create and maintain architectural spaces and our living environments.

Prospective Students

  • Those who take the initiative to create an environment that can bring out the best of human nature
  • Those who are good communicators and team players ready to take action on their own initiatives
  • Those who can conceptualize ideas to make them reality and those with the ability to identify and solve problems

Coursework

  • Architectural Design Course
    Through Architectural Design, students will research and study the design of hospitals and other complex institutions, housing complex design and regional planning, urban planning and landscaping, along with space and architectural design.
  • Environmental Design Course
    Through Environmental Design, students will study and research heating and lightning of living environments, along with indoor environmental control such as air quality, and utilities and equip- ment used within a building.
  • Structural Design Course
    Through Structural Design, students will research and study structural mechanics, load evaluation, evaluation of structural performance, structural optimization, building materials, and construction engineering.

Curriculum

  • Architectural Design Course
    The Architectural Design Seminar is a studio class focusing on architectural, city/town and community planning, and other practical design work. Students will cultivate creativity, train their ability to make comprehensive decisions, and acquire diverse and practical skills in architectural design. “Advanced Architectural Design I and II,” in contrast to studio work, are classes that give students an opportunity to acquire the necessary viewpoints, techniques, technology, and a wide range of knowledge necessary to design buildings and plan cities through architecture.
  • Environmental Design Course
    The Environmental Design Seminar develops students’ practical abilities in assessing the overall environmental quality of a building’ s interior and exterior surroundings from the viewpoints of energy efficiency, ease of use, resource efficiency, artistic effect, and many other various aspects.The Advanced Environmental Design class will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform comprehensive environmental quality assessment.
  • Structural Design Course
    To design a structure, it’ s necessary to make complete use of a variety of knowledge and techniques. Through the Seminar for Structural Design and Seminar for Advanced Structural Design, students will develop the comprehensive ability to design struc- tures, assess external force, perform stress deformation analysis, design infrastructure along with various other structures in structural design. Advanced Structural Design I and II will provide students with the crucial knowledge and skill required to study structural design.

Architectural Design Work Experience Program

The eligibility requirements for the Architect Examination were changed when the Architect Act was revised in November 2008. Accordingly, the practical experience criteria at the graduate school were also modified. The Architectural Design Work Experience Program was introduced in April 2009 for all three courses (Architectural Design, Structural Design, and Environmental Design). Students will be able to obtain up to two years of practical work experience, depending on the number of credits earned.
Student Voice

Qu Ning Xing (Undergraduate)

For over a semester while majoring in architecture, I've learnt about drafting and a few aspects of building construction method. The study tour helped me stimulate my imagination. Additionally, I have tried to do my first design work-a rest house. In this process,I've achieved a lot through communicating with my classmates and from my teachers' advice. Our purpose is to create a comfortable and safe space for people to live in. In my opinion, nothing could be more exciting than creating a structure from planning, drawing the design chart, making a model and finally starting to construct it by yourself.