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Students in this College undertake their four years of undergraduate (Bachelor’s) studies and subsequent two years of graduate school entirely at the Toyosu Campus located in the Tokyo Bay Area. From the first year of the undergraduate program, students are provided with many opportunities for engagement with upper-year and graduate students’ design practicum and research activities, enabling them to formulate an understanding of the future of architecture from an early stage. The College encompasses nine learning areas—architectural design, architectural planning, urban design, urban planning, architectural history, architectural environmental facilities, architectural structures, architectural materials, architectural production —with full-time faculty members (around 30) assigned to each area to provide students with attentive guidance.
Our curriculum equips students with expert practical design capabilities. The specialized core curriculum offered from first year through to the first semester of third year includes common specialized courses such as theories of color and materials, design history, and the psychology of built environments; program-specific education divided into three programs--Spatial Architecture and Design, Urban Architecture and Design, and Advanced Project Design; and mathematical foundation courses focusing on the fundamentals of mathematics and science. The applied specialized curriculum offered from the second semester of third year includes project seminars in which students select distinctive fields of architecture regardless of the program in which they are enrolled, and graduation research pursued in fourth year. There are also general courses in humanities and social sciences enabling students from first through fourth year to undertake balanced study of subjects related to the creation of residential environments.
Producing design drawings
Producing housing models
Residential Design Seminar
Spatial Architecture and Design deals mainly with design from the bodily scale with which humans have individual contact, through the progressively larger scales of individual buildings, groups of buildings, and cities formed by those groups. The curriculum places emphasis not only on the acquisition of knowledge in areas such as architectural theory, but also on practical and seminar courses involving experiential learning. In Design Seminar courses, students not only develop skills of original design, but also experience fieldwork in actual architectural sites, thereby enhancing their understandings of structures and environments studied in class.
The aim of the Urban Architecture and Design program is the incremental development of knowledge and techniques in the design of 21st-century buildings and cities, ranging from individual structures through to entire urban environments. The program will establish the philosophical basis for a new era of architecture, and cultivate individuals capable of contributing to the world through architectural practice. Students negotiate a curriculum that increases gradually in complexity and difficulty in accordance with their own knowledge and skills, beginning with drafting design drawings, making models, designing timber framework constructions, and framework modeling, and progressing to the design of offices, libraries, galleries, and other spaces. Students incrementally acquire the methodologies of spatial design, exploring downtown Tokyo in the Koto Ward area where the campus is located, and experiencing actual local government community development projects and macro-urban planning and design.
This program seeks to harness diverse value outlooks and international insights and technologies to address a variety of challenges in the societies in which we live, ranging from disaster recovery to environmental problems and international contribution. The curriculum has its foundations in basic Design Seminar courses, and includes a range of PBL-style project classes designed to enhance students’ capacity to tackle problems in wider society. Care is also taken to expand students’ international experience and cultivate cosmopolitan outlooks through activities centered on exchange courses with partner universities overseas. Furthermore, students are encouraged to pursue not only the four-year undergraduate program but a six-year integrated curriculum incorporating both undergraduate studies and two years at graduate school.