School of ArchitectureArchitecture

Department Objective

With the aim of ensuring internationally and mutually recognized architectural education and qualifications, in 1996 UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and the UIA (International Union of Architects) stipulated the “UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education,” which is now the universal standard for architectural education. This standard emphasizes such educational contents as “interactive design studios in small classes” and “a continuous full-time minimum study period of five years.”

Education in the Department of Architecture has many unique features, such as an emphasis on interactive studios in small classes, a consecutive six-year curriculum combined with graduate school, and the use of a university building which is a historic architectural masterpiece. The Mukogawa Women's University Department of Architecture's program is internationally recognized as compliant with the UNESCO-UIA Charter for Architectural Education. Through an education with these features, our department aims to train excellent architects capable of playing an active role on the global stage.

Three Features of the Department

An interactive design education in studios equipped with drafting desks and computers for every student
The studios for each academic year are equipped with 2m² drafting desks and computers for every student, with which they can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to practical study. A single academic year (capacity for 45 students) is supervised by three academic staffs, who provide meticulous, one-to-one teaching as they make their way around each student's drafting desk. This ensures a stable place that they can call home.
Hands-on and creative practical subjects account for over half of all class hours
Practical subjects account for more than half of all class hours. In the first year, students polish their sensibilities and creativity thoroughly in formative studios such as ikebana, drawing, woodworking, and pottery. Serious problem-solving in architectural design begins with the final task of the first year. From the second year, students will acquire practical and useful skills beyond those of other universities by tackling six architectural design tasks each year.
Study through seeing and touching real-life objects in the field
From their first year in the undergraduate program through the graduate school master's program, students will go on study visits on Saturdays, to architectural masterpieces and construction sites, where they can concretely understand the knowledge they have obtained in lectures and design studios.

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