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Division of Architecture and Urban Science


The division aims at teaching and researching on interdisciplinary fields within architecture and urban science. The research field covers the study of human living place from physical and mental point of views. Integrating into one entity from fundamentals to practical applications, we provide teaching and researching on subjects related to these fields.

We show the content of two departments in the division as follows:

Department of Architecture




Architecture has emerged with human society. As professionals combining artistic and technical skills, architects, like doctors and lawyers, are highly regarded for their contribution to society. Today, methods and theories of design and planning, using state of the art engineering techniques in the fields of structure, construction, materials, environmental design and servicing, continue to be developed to create spaces for mankind to enjoy. In Japan, much has been built since World War II, and the building industry has greatly expanded. However the stock of buildings and living environment are far from ideal and innumerable tasks await the architect. This architectural program has been devised in full consciousness of these problems, and our progressive staff are actively engaged in research and education covering every aspect of the subject. One of the professors in our Division, Akira Kuryu, holds an Arts Academy Award.

The Department of Architecture provides a two-year Master’s course and a three-year Doctor’s course. In its early stages, the course is designed to guide students to take a range of introductory classes as well as general subjects provided for all students. The core subjects include Architectural Design, Structural Mechanics and Building Science. Students are required to write a graduation thesis on a research subject relevant to the field they have chosen, which they must complete to graduate. The Department of Architecture accepts a growing number of students from overseas.

(A) Architectural and Environmental Planning

This area has three sections: 1) History, conservation and regeneration; 2) Urban planning and design; 3) Architectural planning and design. The aims of this division are to teach and undertake research in the fields of the history of architecture, architectural design, urban design etc.

(B) Building Science and Building production

This area has two sections: 1) Building science and human needs; 2) Building production. The aims of this division are teaching and research in the fields of building science and building production.

(C) Structural Design

This area has four sections: 1) Structural mechanics; 2) Structural analysis; 3) Structural design and 4) Structural planning. Advanced classes on specific subjects such as Vibration Engineering, Foundation Engineering, and Fireproof Engineering are open to students.

Teacher organization

Teacher organization of Division of Architecture and Urban Science

Academic Research Area : Architectural and Environmental Planning

Professor: Akira Kuryu 〇
Urban architecture, underground architecture, landscapes, collaboration
Professor: Yuichi Fukukawa
Conservation of historic environments, revitalization of central urban areas, urban planning systems theory, approaches to urban design
Professor: Shigeki Nakayama
Architectural planning, facilities design planning, facilities management, POE, public facilities planning, hospitals, welfare facilities
Professor: Martin Morris
History of architecture, urban history, history of artificial environments, conservation and restoration of historic architecture, architectural design based on historical learning
Associate Professor: Shinsuke Kaneyuki
History of urban spaces and landscapes, housing history, history of temple and shrine architecture, study of urban plans and maps, theories of urban conservation and renewal
Associate Professor: Satoshi Okada
Architectural design, theory of contemporary architecture, theory of modern architecture, sociology of architecture
Associate Professor: Kaname Yanagisawa
Facility programming, environment behavior design studies, educational facility planning
Associate Professor: Akiko Okabe
Urban environment, sustainable development, integrative policies, spatial planning, shrinking cities
Assistant Professor: Hiroki Suzuki
Architectural design, landscape design, landscape evaluation
Assistant Professor: Yohsuke Yoshioka
Architectural planning, visual environment, spatial recognition, ergonomics, productivity


The basic premise of this area of research is to study approaches to design from the fundamental planning technologies that plan and design architecture and cities from the perspective of creating, forming, and maintaining residential spaces, which are the basic site of human activity, while also considering these from a historical perspective. Approaches to modern architectural design are investigated, and planning technologies that correspond to the relevant conditions, the significance of design in architectural processes, approaches for deploying design, and social systems such as consensus-building and systems are considered from a historical perspective for the respective regions and times.

Academic Research Area:Building Science and Building Production

Professor: Takaharu Kawase
Environmental facility planning and design, energy-efficient planning, workplace productivity, application of solar power generation system
Professor: Masao Ando △
Structural and construction systems planning, building production design, project management, property management
Associate Professor: Jun Munakata
Environmental engineering, visual environment, environmental psychology
Associate Professor: Gakuhito Hirasawa
Architecture, building structural systems, building production, 3DCG, architectural model database, mixed reality
Assistant Professor: Takashi Ikejiri
Stock oriented housing, building construction, Asian urban housing system
Visiting Associate: Seiji Kobata
Architectural planning, redevelopment, revitalization of urban areas


The basic premise of this area of research is to focus on both the interior and exterior environment of architectural structures; predicting, evaluating, and applying their physical aspects; and evaluating and managing environmental optimization technologies and the structural systems technologies that form them.
Research and education will center on behavioral psychology approaches for evaluating the quality of spaces, ensuring building and residence performance capable of contributing both to comfort and a sustainable society, the planning, design, and production technologies for various architectural structures and facilities, the development of sustainable construction management and structural systems, and the technologies that aim to reduce environmental impact and energy use.

Academic Research Area:Structural Design

Professor: Hiroshi Noguchi ◎
Building construction, reinforced concrete structures, quake-resistance and safety, FEM analysis, structural performance evaluation
Professor: Toru Takahashi
Building construction, design load, long-period seismic waves, statistics of extremes, structural reliability, target standards, performance based design
Professor: Yukihiro Harada
Study of building construction, steel structures, quake-resistant design of architectural structures
Professor: Nobuyuki Izumi
Building construction, reinforced concrete structures, quake-resistant design, damping structures, architectural structure design
Associate Professor: Koichi Maeda
Building materials, concrete materials, durability, fireproof and fire-resistant capabilities, architectural mathematics
Associate Professor: Takeo Hirashima
Building construction, fires, fire-resistance, thermal stress analysis
Associate Professor: Koichi Ohami ◎
Building structure, seismic structure, earthquake response control
Associate Professor: Yukiko Nakamura
Structural engineering for buildings, earthquake engineering, reinforced concrete structures, masonry
Assistant Professor: Takashi Kashiwazaki
Reinforced concrete structure, prestressed concrete structure, beam-column joint, seismic design, seismic performance
Assistant Professor: Tomofusa Akita
Reinforced concrete building construction, quake-resistant walls, load-bearing limit calculations, seismic response evaluations, interactions between buildings and land
Assistant Professor: Yuko Shimada
Study of building construction, steel structures, earthquake-resistant design of buildings structures


The basic issues covered by this area of research are the development of response evaluations and rational structural formats for structures using reinforced concrete and steel, as well as establishing methods for evaluating their performance; understanding the qualities of the various external disturbances that threaten the safety of structures; from natural disasters such as earthquakes, wind, and snow to other disasters such as fires; and establishing fundamental theories for designing structures and methods of evaluating them. It also considers the characteristics of the basic materials that comprise architectural structures and evaluates their performance. This area of research also aims to discover new materials for the formation of a sustainable society, developing structural systems using these new materials and establishing methods of evaluating them.

△denotes faculty who will retire on March 31st, 2014.
〇denotes faculty who will retire on March 31st, 2013.
◎denotes faculty who will retire on March 31st, 2012.

Department of Urban Environment Systems




The department of "Urban Environment Systems" is composed of four areas: i.e., "Urban Environment Planning", "Urban Infrastructure Planning", "Fundamental systems for urban environment", and "Urban Information Network Systems". We approach the problems of design and planning issues by means of Inter-disciplinary point of views and focuses on a site-specific feature of our living place. We collaborate closely with other areas such as industrial-design, architecture, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, information technology, medical science and chemical industry, to provide better educational environment and make in cutting-edge research fields.

Area1: Urban Environment Planning

Urban Environment Planning, together with Urban Infrastructure Planning, conducts research and education programs on subjects of the physical urban environment. It teaches especially planning and design to build and manage the physical environment, and to improve cityscape, community and livability. This subdivision has four fields Urban Environment Produce, Urban Environment Design, Urban Community Design, and Urban Design Management.

Area2: Urban Infrastructure Planning

Physical urban environment is heavily dependent on the delicate balance between natural and artificial environment. This division of urban infrastructure planning is aiming at constructing the methodology of the design of rich, comfortable and sustainable urban space where both natural and artificial environments interact smoothly. This division comprises four laboratories: urban disaster prevention, eco-compatible engineering, urban architecture design and community engineering.

Area3: Fundamental Systems for Urban Environment

The main purposes of this chair are the education and research for creation and control of dynamic cycles and flows that provide essential elements for establishment of urban systems. In the wide variety of mutual relationships in urban systems, our concrete objectives focus on the environmental problems including natural energy, resources recycling, global pollution. We are responsible for education and research of the basic concept to develop the sustainable society.

Area4: Urban Information Network Systems

Information, communication and media are a flow being the mainstay of the city in a highly-developed information communication society. The objective of this division is to understand and construct the flow as a total system of the city, in order to healthily maintain the function and to quickly deal with disasters, etc. This division is composed of Fundamental Network Systems, Communication Environment Systems, Urban Multimedia Systems and Applied Urban Informatics.

Teacher organization

Teacher organization of Division of Architecture and Urban Science

Academic Research Area:Urban Planning and Design

Professor: Toshio Kitahara 〇
City planning, urban design, urban landscape planning, urban revitalization planning, community building, community planning
Professor: Hideki Kobayashi
Housing and residential environment planning, community design, housing policies, community building, real estate systems, architectural planning
Professor: Kiharu Tsuge
Producing urban environments, redevelopment of urban areas, mixed use facilities design
Associate Professor: Miki Muraki
City planning, area management, PPP, revitalization of central urban areas, sustainability
Associate Professor: Ryohei Morinaga
Architectural planning, urban residential planning, community design, planning with citizen participation, housing and community building
Associate Professor: Masaru Miyawaki
Landscape planning, urban design, city planning, landscape assessment, cultural landscapes, urban regeneration,
Lecturer: Atsushi Maruyama 〇
History of architecture, history of urban planning, restoration and conservation of historic districts, utilization of cultural assets, retrospective therapy, modern and contemporary German architecture
Assistant Professor: Dongyun Kwak
Urban planning, urban design, urban landscapes in Japan and Korea, urban revitalization planning, community building, community planning
Assistant Professor: JiYoung Jung
Sustainable community design, living and environmental design and planning, residence development of unrelated new family, new housing planning of resident participation


This research area undertakes specialized academic research on the planning and design of urban landscapes, cityscapes, public spaces, commercial spaces, urban architecture, and communities suitable for modern society. Academic research is conducted under the themes of building cities that can be sustainably maintained and created, building cities that coexist with nature, building cities that continue and develop traditional culture and heritage, and building cities that are vital and supported by industry. In order to respond to the issues of the times, this research area investigates the specific forms and expressions of urban residences that are good for the environment, urban restoration, and regional restoration.

Academic Research Area:Urban Infrastructure Engineering

Professor: Shoichi Nakai
Earthquake disaster prevention, quake-resistant design, foundational vibrations, fundamental structures, dynamic interactions, microtopography, traffic vibration
Professor: Fumio Yamazaki
Urban infrastructure, earthquake disaster prevention, lifeline systems, remote sensing, transportation systems, geographic information systems
Associate Professor: Yoshihisa Maruyama
Urban disaster prevention, real-time earthquake engineering, earthquake disaster prevention on expressway networks, safety of vehicle operations during external disturbances
Associate Professor: Goro Kondo
Concrete engineering, construction materials, reinforced concrete structures, seismic design of concrete structures
Assistant Professor: Toru Sekiguchi
Geotechnical earthquake engineering, microtremors, seismic ground motion, foundation engineering, seismic disaster mitigation


Modern cities must aim to ensure safety, security, and sustainable development that is replete with order and vitality in the area of urban infrastructure systems and buildings. This academic research area undertakes specialized research from the perspective of regional collaboration and international development on urban disaster prevention, urban infrastructure, and structures and construction materials. Various themes are investigated related to safety engineering for lifelines and transportation infrastructures, urban disaster prevention technologies for soils and foundations, and structures and construction material technologies.

Academic Research Area:Urban Environmental Engineering

Professor: Hironao Ogura
Effective energy utilization systems, energy savings, chemical heat storage, chemical heat pumps, environmental energy engineering, chemical engineering
Professor: Hideki Nakagome
Thermal engineering, environmental and new energies, cryogenic technologies, waste and recycling, pyrolysis, hydrogen, magnetic refrigeration
Professor: Yasufumi Otsubo
Environmental particle technology, soft machines, fluid devices, colloids, rheology control
Associate Professor: Kenkichi Sato
Socio-mechanical engineering, history of technology, wind power generation, method of caustics, eco-ethica(eco-ethics for technological society)
Assistant Professor: Masanori Ota
Thermo-fluid dynamics, laser processing, energy engineering, heat transfer engineering, shock waves
Assistant Professor: Yuji Hirose
Multicomponent polymer systems, polymer dynamics, colloidal dispersion of particles, fluid devices, rheology control


The purpose of the academic research conducted in the research area of Urban Environmental Engineering is to investigate and to put into practice the methodologies for the creation and maintenance of urban environments that serve as the foundation of comfortable and sustainable cities from the perspective of environmental engineering. In particular, this research area undertakes the latest specialized academic research that can be put into practice from the perspective of the resources recycling, energy systems, environmental energy preservation, and environmental management. These are based on the knowledge of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering required to form energy efficient urban environments, conserve resources, and reduce environmental impacts.

Academic Research Area:Urban Information Engineering

Professor: Yasuo Sugai
Systems engineering, analysis and design of large-scale networks, optimization engineering, neural networks
Professor: Shigeo Shioda
Communication networks, Internet, operations research, performance evaluations, probability theory
Associate Professor: Sachiyo Arai
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, decision theory, game theory, internet community, transportation networks
Associate Professor: Hiroyuki Yoshimura
Optical engineering, optical information processing systems, information security, cryptography, signal and image processing, biometrics, electromagnetic wave engineering
Associate Professor: Hideyuki Koshigoe
Environmental mathematics, numerical method using digital color image, air pollution diffusion model, groundwater flow at industrial waste landfill
Associate Professor: Yasuhiko Higaki
Internet, security, applications of Web infrastructures, system architecture, approaches to software development
Assistant Professor: Kazuo Yamamoto 〇
Communications systems, digital signal processing, image restoration, component analysis


Information is one of the major components of cities. In modern cities, it is crucial that we communicate information freely and mutually beyond the restrictions of time and distance, and that we analyze the obtained information by use of mathematics and information science. This research area undertakes specialized and practical academic research related to urban areas, such as efficient information search technologies, improvment of the amenity and reliability of the information communication infrastructure, and modeling and simulation technologies to describe and estimate the environment. These are based on the achievements in the core academic fields related to information, such as information science, communication engineering, and mathematical analysis.

△denotes faculty who will retire on March 31st, 2014.
〇denotes faculty who will retire on March 31st, 2013.
◎denotes faculty who will retire on March 31st, 2012.

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