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 Architecture and cities are indispensable places for people to live comfortably, study, and develop culture. The Department of Architecture at Waseda University offers courses on architectural design methods in a broad sense, based on the traditions and cultures specific to each of the world's diverse regions.

 The courses aim for a symbiotic relationship between people and the natural environment, history, Japan's climate, establishment of a world-famous Japanese architectural culture, and the creation of rich environments for public communities. Architectural design here means not only the simple design of forms but is more comprehensive, integrating the two pillars of architecture, art and engineering, and includes the repair, preservation, regeneration, safety and sustainability of buildings, regeneration of city scenery, and resident participation methods.

 The department offers a six-year curriculum that combines both undergraduate and graduate schools. Still, students who graduated the department in four years can satisfy the criterior by receiving two years of master course in the future. In the first three undergraduate years, students acquire a general and wide-ranging knowledge of architecture, including architectural history, building and city design that creates various spaces, global and urban environments, infrastructure and disaster prevention technologies, structural dynamics intended to mitigate earthquake damage, and advanced materials and construction methods. They also have practical training in architectural thinking through the many practical designing, drawing classes, and learning the basics of more technical studies through various experimental and practical applications of architectural engineering.

 In the following three years of the curriculum, the fourth year of undergraduate school and the two graduate school years, students select either an art or engineering course, and study more specialized fields of architecture. Art-based students may receive training in architectural design outside the university, even in foreign countries, and practical exercises solving actual social issues and making creative proposals, in order to form the grounding they need in order to become international architects. Engineering course students cultivate improved knowledge by studying various practical topics as members of real-life joint study teams. These are formed by people from private companies, administrative bodies and universities. The course aims to educate superior architectural engineers who can contribute in a real sense to society.

The aim of the architectural education in Waseda University
The aim of the education (BA)

  • A: Study in the "Waseda Architecture" tradition, and learn what modern society expects of architecture and the built environment
  • B: Cultivate both a global perspective and a point-of-view that appreciates region-specific history and culture
  • C: Understand the professional skills required of architects and architectural engineers, and develop the ethics of the profession towards society
  • D: Obtain broad knowledge of design and aesthetics of architecture
  • E: Develop the ability to absorb innovative knowledge proactively with a pioneering spirit
  • F: Develop the ability to propose a creative space by integrating knowledge in related fields-of-study
  • G: Develop the ability to solve problems pragmatically in collaboration with experts from different fields-of-study
  • H: Enhance the ability to propagate one's ideas regarding architecture broadly to society

The aim of the education (MA)

  • I: Study in the "Waseda Architecture" tradition, and develop the ability to fulfill what modern society expects of architecture and the built environment
  • J: Have both a global perspective and a point-of-view that appreciates region-specific history and culture, and develop the ability to contribute internationally
  • K: Have the opportunity be involved in the practice of architecture and urban design, and understand the professional skills of architects and their mission in society
  • L: Obtain the ability to make creative proposals based on a deep knowledge of design and aesthetics of architecture
  • M: Develop the ability to absorb proactively advanced knowledge in architecture, urban design, and related fields-of-study
  • N: Develop the ability to identify, investigate, and analyze broad-ranged issues enrooted in human activity and the region, based on existing base of knowledge in architecture, urban design, and related fields-of-study
  • O: Develop the ability to solve problems of architectural design and planning pragmatically through collaborative work with faculty and other students
  • P: Develop the ability to exert leadership in collaboration with experts of different fields-of-study and the general public to propagate one's idea broadly to society

Department of Architecture, Graduate School of Science and Engineering

 he department's conviction has always been that architecture is a practical science. It has produced many achievements through the organic combination of researches and design. Many instructors active in design, research, and education have studied architectural designs that are based on the specific history and culture of Japan, and have produced many excellent buildings. The department of Architecture was recognized from Architecture Specialization in Architecture and Civil Engineering Department in 2003, inherits this tradition.

 At present, approximately two-thirds of the department's undergraduates enter the master's course, and continue their studies in one of three courses: 1) educating international architects by further training in the design of buildings and cities; 2) protecting and repairing cultural assets by studying world history, and 3) studying various special technologies by investigating issues that directly relate to construction in society, such as architectural environment, structural mechanics, building engineering.

 The department has formed learning exchange agreements with universities in Germany, France, Australia, the USA, Spain, and Italy. These include: Bauhaus University of Weimar, Ecole d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, The University of Adelaide, Clemson University, Escola Tèchica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona, and The University of Ferrara, all of which offer advanced education, enabling students to learn abroad for one year without prolonging their school-attending period and providing them with opportunities to see the architectural culture of foreign countries. Graduate students who go on to the three-year doctoral course after completing the master's course become researchers and superior architects who will engage in original and innovative research and education at an international level.

Studying architectural design in order to create beautiful community environments

 In 2003, the graduate school of the Department of Architecture reorganized its public community research and education activities into a comprehensive and multidisciplinary study topic entitled "Architectural design study to create beautiful community environments". Now in operation, the department's aim is to combine joint studies that previously have been separately conducted by universities in foreign countries, form international networks, and hold workshops. By doing so the department will offer a more substantial education and produce more impressive study results by becoming a public study center with a global perspective.

 In common with other East Asian countries, Japan has a tradition of building living spaces based on its delicately-balanced natural environment. However, these countries' architectural and scenery culture is delicate and losing its culture from modern Western mechanized technology-based culture. Buildings and cities should be designed in cooperation with Asian nations so as to be attractive in terms of scenery, performance and safety. The department will promote this study, and will hold international workshops in which world-leaders as well as young architects and researchers can gather and discuss beautiful, comfortable, and safe architectural designs, which will also serve as a gateway to success.

Program for practicing comprehensive designs that connect people, buildings, cities, and nature

 In a study topic entitled "Program for practicing comprehensive designs that connect people, buildings, cities, and nature", particular important districts, in terms of the 21st century, will be selected for enhanced pilot projects to formulate practical design guidelines. Each building must be carefully designed so as to create a rich culture and beautiful living environments. These are intended to incorporate the climate and culture of the particular district. The department has organized its undergraduate and graduate educational programs by constructing practical ground designs for creating living environments where people, buildings, cities, and nature, which constitute a district, can mutually interact and harmonize over long periods of time. These ground designs can be used as a golden opportunity for young researchers, graduate and undergraduate students to practice their designing skills.

 There are three study themes that support this study topic: "Socialization program of scenery and architectural design through social cooperation", "Sustainable construction and scenery environmental program" and "Architectural and scenery culture supported by engineering technology program".

Socialization program of scenery
and architectural design through social cooperation

The program aims to construct a database for the Japanese city scenes, understand their historical changes, and derive methods for protecting and creating new scenery. A system that simulates cooperative activities with residents is included in this process.

Sustainable construction
and scenery environmental program

Based on acquired knowledge on air-conditioning systems that use solar heat, resource-recycling houses, and regeneration technologies for utilizing natural energy, the program will lead environmental technology studies in terms of achieving safety and comfort. Disaster prevention technologies that contribute to the restoration of historic city scenery will also be studied.

Architectural and scenery culture
supported by engineering technology program

The program aims to establish building production system techniques and ensure building safety, both of which are indispensable in the creation of superior designs. The program will research and develop effective structural systems both during and after earthquakes, as well as recycling and maintenance methods, and highly durable materials.

Attempts to educate architectural design specialists

The existing cooperative relationship with universities in foreign countries will be enhanced and developed into official joint studies. Workshops will be held periodically, to which internationally active architects and world-leading researchers will be invited. Daily communication with leading architects and researchers, along with young researchers from other countries will help young researchers and graduate students to understand the importance of information exchange, discussion, dissemination of results to the world, and practical execution.

 Today, the specialist architectural field has enlarged to encompass all areas of the world. In 1999, the International Union of Architects (UIA) established a framework for the mutual recognition of an international architect's license. The education of future architects, who will be internationally active, requires educational bodies that will construct organizations and facilities that will provide practical training on architectural design. The department is making continual efforts to collect funds and secure facilities, and is playing a central role in promoting an international architecture exchange education program for the next generation based on experiences gained in various Asian environments. The department is actively conducting joint studies and student exchanges with educational institutions with common issues, such as Peking University, Tongji University (China), Hanyang University, Kyung Hee University (Korea), University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), National University of Singapore (Singapore) and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).


History of Architecture

  • Norihito NAKATANI

    The past “was not” there, but rather “is” there.
     History never ceases to influence the present. Study of architectural history must be updated to “Archiology”, and even beyond to “Eco Life Mode”.
     We study the state of human life in the midst of the amalgamation of varying historical environments, which even extend to include the planetary time scale.
     In this laboratory, the past and the future commingle.
     Examination of cosmopolitan Millennium Villages with coordination between ecology and ethnology; Research of Utopia to historically verify the life of the future; and Rearranging of historical matters with new social principles.

  • Masaki KOIWA laboratory Website

    The primary objective of the laboratory is to achieve the study on architectural history, and to inherit and develop the study of architectural history in Waseda University.
     The basic research approach involves the architectural design techniques that serve as a historical and principal agent for the expression and the system of construction.
     The laboratory members study in architecture and its history in the traditional and modern era of Japan, the Occident and the Orient, the Southeast Asia and the East Asia.
     Study methods include the comprehension of architectural textbooks (especially Japanese traditional architecture books : Kiwari-Sho), on-site field surveys, and the preservation works of world heritage sites.

Architectural Design

  • Nobuaki FURUYA・Yuri FUJII
    Website  Website

    The laboratory studies how the living space of people should be built based on the people-architecture, architecture-cities and cities-natural environment relationships. The laboratory makes researches on various space design methods to create new architecture, by learning culture and past examples.
     In order to develop observation, foresight and ability to present architectural design to society expected of architects, students and teaching staff jointly participate in architectural design and workshops in and out of Japan for practical education and research.

  • Taishi WATANABE laboratory Website

    We make deep analysis on the contiguous zone between various social phenomenons and architecture to present architectural culture from the ancient times as a more open system.
     Through cultivation of a path that actively engages architectural design such as the historical designs with history in a broad sense and history of modern cities, it is intended to establish an image where architectural designs lead various elements of the contemporary society, such as information and environment.
     By polysemically interpreting urban infrastructure, our researches are expended into the fields of farming villages, gardens and mobility.

  • Keigo KOBAYASHI laboratory Website

    Given the shrinking society of this country leading the world with numerous social issues, we are focusing on investigating how the wide means of architecture and architectural thinking can contribute to the future living space, city and society, through researches, surveys, analysis and visualization.
     In order to reflect global field of vision and wide knowledge into those researches within the field of information design and spatial design, the lab will emphasize the importance of treating local and global issues in parallel and carry out activities such as international workshops, field surveys as well as actual design exercises.

  • Takeshi YAMAMURA

     The main frame of the lab’s activity is the design of architecture. The intuition is the most important for design. we develop the intuition by following methods.
     Theoryscape : Design needs theory. Thorough research about theory of architects, we figure out a new theoretical design.
     Groundscape : The urbanism needs deep insight. The city was renovated by designing the architecture. What if the design of architecture changes the urban structure?
     Materialscape: New material creates new design. This is a contemporary material studies in order to create new types of construction method or design.

  • Yoshiaki AKASAKA laboratory

    Research of comprehensive and Practical Architectural design theory connected Art and Architecture. For this purpose, design study through finding problem about history of Plastic theory “FORM” and “FORCE” on Art and Architecture. And study on architects and works of Louis I. Kahn and Mies van del Rohe, compared today with past times through architectural history, or compared architecture with painting and sculpture through art history. Research for diverse originality on Nordic Architecture about Östberg, Asplund and Aalto, or other frontier architecture.

  • Yasutaka YOSHIMURA

    The laboratory conducts surveys, researches, and practices targeting intermediate areas in three directions: semi-movable architecture (between real estate and movable property), semi-urban architecture (between cities and buildings), semi-information architecture (between information space and real space). Our method actively exploits interdisciplinary fields that do not depend on the vertical administrative system, such as “building and machinery”, “design and engineering”. In addition to utilizing cutting-edge innovations in fields other than architecture to draw the future of architecture and cities, we also provide feedback from the architecture to other fields.

Urban Design

  • Haruhiko GOTO laboratory Website

    The laboratory advocates "Community Landscape Design" and conducts research and education in regional development and urban design.
     Waseda's traditional approach based on field work has been inherited. Attempts are being made to integrate and organize the results of community planning, which were frequently available only piecemeal. Tools have been developed to grasp the feeling of people's life with the lapse of time such as the "game of life for community planning" and "oral history of community planning", and applied to the design of specific urban facilities.

  • Takashi ARIGA・
    Naomi UCHIDA laboratory

    The laboratory was established in the graduate course of Waseda University in April 2006. Research and education are focusing on the issues related to sustainable design and planning of urban and regional environments. Advanced researches include community planning and management through collaborations among municipalities and local citizens. Design and planning practices in various local regions focus on traditional socio-cultural spaces and land use management using ecological functions of farmlands, water-systems and green spaces. Strategic urban design assessment methods are developed using 3D visual simulations and GIS systems as an interdisciplinary method incorporating policy science.

  • Tetsuya YAGUCHI laboratory Website

    The Yaguchi laboratory studies on our surrounding urban built environment.  Through understanding physical, social, ecological and technological underlying system of the cities as a whole, we conduct theoretical research and urban design exercises that focus on sustaining and enhancing built environment.  Students are expected to acquire skill set required to propose/ visualize viable urban design ideas as professional specialists through research and design activities.

Structural Mechanics

  • Akira NISHITANI laboratory Website

    Academic disciplines have been becoming less distinct from one another in the field of engineering. Smart structures are now being adopted for architecture through the composition of advanced technologies such as data communications, sensing and control. For example, architecture responds intelligently so as to reduce seismic motions by itself and accurately diagnoses the degree of damage. Against such a background, the laboratory conducts researches on technologies related to smart structures centering around response control and health monitoring based on the control, measurement, modeling and identification.

  • Makoto YAMADA laboratory

    The laboratory's research focuses on input ground motions that should be taken into consideration for ensuring the safety of architectural structures in earthquake-prone Japan. The objectives of the laboratory include investigating the behavior of actual structures through the monitoring of earthquakes, vibration tests and measurement of micromotions, and developing a model of ground motion transmitted from the focus to the ground at the measurement point. Systems are also being built to digitize the valuable analog data collected in the past on great earthquakes for application in modern era.

  • Toshiro MAEDA laboratory Website

    The laboratory studies the mechanical properties of structures occupying large expanse of space. Analytical studies are based on the continuum mechanics, which are supplemented by micro-tremor measurement for verifiability of the research results. The present research themes include the modeling of subsurface structures based on wave propagation, failure mechanism of reinforced concrete shell structures, the modeling of historic masonry architecture, and so on. The objectives of them are to evaluate proper input ground motion to buildings, precise seismic resistance of shell structures, and reasonable repair method for historic masonry architectures.

  • Yasuhiro HAYABE laboratory

    With the diversification of modern architecture, structural design is also demanded the diversification. And the development of seismic isolation and vibration control technology is indispensable to protect human life, property and buildings from a large earthquake and a huge typhoon. Our laboratory has established research on structural systems that integrates with architectural design and structural design method suitable for seismic isolation and damping structures.

Architectural Environment

  • Yuji HASEMI laboratory Website

    Researches are conducted on the potential of and issues involved in architecture and cities from a viewpoint of safety and disaster prevention.
    Present research themes include disaster risks in underground space and safety planning methods, exploration of potential for building traditional wooden architecture in built-up areas while no disaster prevention rules have been explicitly stipulated for such architecture, development of fire-resistant wooden architecture, methods for planning disaster-resistant hospitals and wards, disaster prevention for historic architecture and towns, development for improving disaster prevention procedures in densely built-up areas, and modeling of escape during fire as a basis for the foregoing research and development.

  • Shin-ichi TANABE laboratory Website

    Research focuses on architectural environment around people. Creating comfortable and healthy architectural environments should involve the consideration of energy and environmental impacts. Research themes include thermal comfort in semi-outdoor space and train station, environmental design, next-generation indoor thermal environment, indoor air quality for HVAC, workplace productivity, lighting and facade, zero energy building (ZEB), and environmental information. The laboratory has been interacting with a wide variety or research institutes and researchers in the world.

  • Hiroto TAKAGUCHI laboratory Website

    The laboratory conducts the researches on boundary disciplines with technology, users, habitant, design, and process management those based on the architectural and urban environmental engineering. We focus on the studies which the promotions of biomass and renewable energy in urban area, CO2 reduce type of redevelopment in shrink city, energy saving technology by communication, and energy saving and resource saving policy on rapid-growth Asian cities.

Building Engineerring

  • Yukio KOMATSU laboratory Website

    Buildings will be used long and long after their completion. As a society becomes mature, the management of existing buildings will increase its importance. Up to yesterdays, Japanese society liked building new buildings and had been indifferent to existing ones. Our laboratory’s interest is in the existing buildings and so far developed researches on the durability or the lifetime expectations of buildings. Nowadays we study about the building stock, especially about the management of real estates owned by the public sectors or the corporations.

  • Naoyuki KOSHIISHI

    The laboratory is engaged in diverse researches concerning the matters related to building materials and building construction methods such as the methods for selecting materials constituting building elements, e.g. roofs, walls and floors, performance evaluation of building components, addition of newly developed functions and enhancement of performance, diagnosis of deteriorated buildings, effective use of natural materials and industrial waste. Recent research themes include plastering technique on traditional clay wall construction, advanced utilization of earth material, long life wooden detached house due to waterproofing and weathering, effectiveness of thermal insulation and solar reflection in flat roof waterproofing system and so on. (The figure shows a horizontal loading experiment of traditional Japanese clay-bamboo wall.)

  • Kosei ISHIDA laboratory

     Our laboratory has research the efficient construction method.
     In particular, we have research on planning method of construction, measurement and analysis of labor productivity in construction work, BIM (Building Information Modeling) and virtual reality safety training system for construction works.
     All research themes consist research related to efficiency of construction using ICT technology.
     (The figure shows a 3D model of traditional timber formwork and rebars)