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Department of Architecture

Symbiosis of architecture and environment,Creation of safe and comfortable living space

Architecture is eminently universal field of learning, concerning the creation of housing, architectural facilities, - basis of human life. In order to respond to both universal and up-to-date architectural problems, it is necessary not only to study basic fields of architecture (design and planning, structural engineering, environmental engineering) but also to synthesize them for spatial design problems. Department of architecture, Kobe University aims to produce talent who can correspond synthetically to contemporary architectural challenges by educating with specialty and synthesis. 

Structure and Divisions

-Spatial Design Division
Synthetic and practical education and research for the creation of space: 
Architectural and Urban Design, Housing and Community Design, Structural Engineering and Design Building Management.

-Architectural Planning, History and Theory Division
Basic education and research of the architectural design:
History and Theory of Architecture, Theory of Historical Environments, Planning Theory of Built Environment, Urban and Architectural Safety Planning.

-Engineering of Building Structures Division
Education and research for the safety of buildings in the case of earthquakes, improvement of building materials and structural systems:
Structural Performance Engineering, Structural Control in Dynamics, Structural Systems Engineering.

-Architectural Environmental Engineering Division
Education and research on analysis, control and planning of architectural and urban environment:
Planning of Acoustical and Lighting Environments, Thermal Environmental Planning, Planning of Urban Environment and M & E Services.

-Disaster Mitigation Planning Division
This division aims to conduct practical research on a system that can respond precisely, and in a practical and effective manner, to natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons as well as other emergencies.

-Sustainable Living Environmental Design
Sustainable Living Environmental Design Program aims to conduct practical research in the field of architecture, housing design, interior, and landscape design. Main goal of program is to seek creative ways of integrating safe, healthy, sustainable and livable environment with multidisciplinary team members.

Message for International Students

As well as students from Asian countries such as China, Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Indonesia, students from Western countries are studying in this department. 
Undergraduate program starts with liberal arts and basic subjects on natural and information science, succeeded by basic and applied subjects of architecture extending over design and planning, structural engineering and environmental engineering, and continues to synthetic and practical spatial design education.
Master program aims at acquirement of higher knowledge of design and planning, structural engineering and environmental engineering. And at the same time, training for deducing specific answer to spatial and temporal design problem.
Doctoral program aims at construction and cultivation of theory associated with design and planning, structural engineering and environmental engineering to produce international talent who provides sophisticated special knowledge.