School of ArchitectureLandscape Architecture

Departmental Objective

To create a sustainable society, we must question the relationship between people and nature to construct new philosophies while learning from the wisdom of our predecessors. In the Department of Landscape Architecture, we think deeply about people, architecture, landscapes, and nature to cultivate architects and landscape architects who can create a natural symbiosis rooted in a sense of ethics. Through practical studies spanning six years including a graduate master's course, our students learn the knowledge and skills required for architectural design as well as information about the natural environment, including plants, rivers, oceans, and mountains, and methods for analyzing and simulating landscapes using image information technology.

Three Features of the Department

Filled with historically famous school buildings, forests, and gardens, the entire campus is a “living textbook.”
The school buildings are historically famous, constructed based on the design style of Frank Lloyd Wright. The campus includes a strolling garden surrounding a pond, a teahouse, beautiful bamboo thickets, and plentiful forests, to allow you to experience the coexistence of humanity, architecture, and nature in your daily life while you are learning. Two new school buildings are currently being constructed on campus for the Department of Landscape Architecture.
More than half of all class time is spent in creative studios with small class size.
Practical subjects account for more than half of all class hours. In the first term of the first year, you will engage in a variety of foundational design studios such as ikebana, miniature gardens, India ink painting, soundscapes, and ceramic arts to refine your sensitivity and imagination. In the design seminars starting in the second term of the first year, you will create integrated designs of both architecture and outdoor spaces (gardens, parks, streets, etc.). Three professors are responsible for each class year of 40 students and guide students in detailed one-on-one discussions. The studios for each class year come complete with computers and dedicated drafting tables the size of one tatami mat (6.5m²), for the exclusive use of each student. You can work on your designs to your heart's content.
Fieldwork for “seeing, touching, and learning”
We go out to conduct fieldwork on Saturdays. You will observe sites for design tasks, historical architecture, architecture from the perspective of environmental considerations, construction sites, gardens, and townscapes and hear explanations from professors and other experts from outside the University. These activities will help you concretely understand the knowledge and skills learned in class and cultivate your practical abilities.

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