Department of Architecture

Department of Architecture Message from the Department Head

The TDU Architecture Department traces back 48 years, and close to 6,000 graduates are now contributing their skills to society. We just opened the doors to the new Tokyo Senju Campus near Kita-Senju Station in April 2012, a remarkable state-of-the-art facility designed by renowned architect Fumihiko Maki. Undergraduate and graduate students alike will be inspired as they pursue their studies in these splendid buildings. In this environment and based on our extensive track record of education and research, we offer a carefully thought-out six-year curriculum that turns out the best-trained architects and engineers. Graduates from the school’s undergraduate and master’s degree program in architecture—the School of Science and Technology for Future Life, Department of Architecture and the Graduate School of science and Technology for Future Life, Architecture and Building Engineering—enter society with professional training and skills in architectural planning, design, structural engineering, and environmental engineering.

The ability to create uplifting inspirational buildings and urban spaces demands considerable experience, understanding of individuals and society, as well as vision and creativity. The Department of Architecture offers a varied curriculum to cultivate human resources to meet these demands. Enrolling in the graduate school, one can qualify as a second-class registered architect, or staying in the program for another two years, one can obtain the firsthand experience necessary to become a first-class registered architect. Quite a number of graduates have established architectural offices throughout the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Hiroshi Tsumita

Head of the School of Science and Technology / School of Engineering for Future Life, Department of Architecture

Future of architecture: education at the vanguard

The Engineering Design Course focuses on the performance of buildings and other structures in natural and built-up social environments for sustainability, then models buildings and structural designs to assess their practicality.

  1. Small size classes, so students’ design projects benefit from critiques and feedback from other students, and education tailored to individual abilities.
  2. Emphasis on seminars and exercises to give students a solid grounding in design and communication.
  3. Education stresses collaborative design, structural engineering, environmental infrastructure teamwork as practical training for work in the real world.
  4. CAD and architectural IT play a central role, including software developed by NASA that reveals the design flaws of any structure or building at a glance.
  5. Business education taught by young professionals.
  6. Curriculum—undergraduate, master’s program, and internship— oriented to preparing students to take the licensing exam (the boards) to become a registered architect (first-class registered architect)
  7. Proficiency tests offered to help candidates pass the architecture licensing exam