B1Architecture, Urban and Environment

Grade 1st
Credit Unit 2
Teacher Shin-ichi Tanabe / Hiroto Takaguchi / Tetsuya Yaguchi / Tomoyo Hokibara / Masanri Ukai / Shun Yoshie
Overview In modern society, architecture cannot be discussed without taking into account not only the architecture itself, but also the problems of the city or region in which it is located. It is also essential to consider the environment in terms of comfort, health, global environment and energy. In this lecture, urban and environmental issues in architecture will be discussed from various perspectives, extending from the familiar human/architectural scale to the urban, regional/national and global scales. Advanced case studies will be actively discussed in the lectures.

B2Experiments in Building Environment

Grade 2nd
Credit Unit 3
Teacher Shin-ichi Tanabe / Hiroto Takaguchi / Tomoyo Hokibara / Masanari Ukai / Takahiro Ueno / Soma Sugano

Experiments in Building Environment aim to deepen students’ understanding of the architectural and environmental field through experiments. Students choose one course from materials, structure, surveying and environment, either by choice or by lottery. One of these courses is Experiments in Building Environment. The course will have a maximum enrolment of 50 students and will consist of 14 experiments, preparation for the experiments, lectures and critiques. Six teachers are in charge of the course. Six postgraduate students in environmental studies will participate as teaching assistants (TA).

  • Experiment A: The participants learn the necessity of a barrier-free environment, which cannot be understood only on paper, by conducting actual measurements of walking characteristics.
  • Experiment B: Living survey and energy consumption. Through observation in one’s own room or home and investigation and analysis of one’s or one’s family’s living conditions, the relationship between quality of life and the resulting energy consumption is understood.
  • Experiment C: Learn about the control of heat and light in architecture through experiments with models and by measuring the thermal and lighting environment in your own home.

B3Architectural Environment

Grade 3rd
Credit Unit 2
Teacher Shin-ichi Tanabe / Masanari Ukai

In this lecture will be given on contents related to architectural environmental engineering. In addition to basic commentary on environmental factors such as heat, light, air, sound and noise, lectures will also be given on the role of architecture and energy conservation in the age of global environmental problems. The content of each lecture is shown in the syllabus.

B3Architectural Design III b

Grade 3rd
Credit Unit 2
Teacher Kosei Ishida / Kotofumi Kato / Shin-ichi Tanabe / Hiroto Takaguchi / Tomoyo Hokibara / Yasuhiro Hayabe / Susumu Yoshinaka / Naoyuki Koshiishi / Midori Yamada / Masanari Ukai / Takahiro Ueno / Yuta Fukawa
Overview The emphasis of this course is on the students’ design assignments based on a comprehensive study of engineering matters in the fields of structure, environment, equipment and production, in addition to design.
The basic architectural plan, the structural design, the environmental and equipment design, and the design of the detailed parts and fittings of the building are all completed as drawings, with an understanding of the various devices and mechanisms in the building.
First, each person carries out the basic design of the given task. From an environmental and equipment perspective, the evacuation plan and the indoor environment of the building are discussed. From a structural point of view, a structural analysis is carried out for a part of the building and a structural drawing is prepared. From a production point of view, finish lists are prepared, and details of the main rectangular and fitting parts of the building are studied and drawn up. The students also learn what drawings are required for the actual construction of the building, including clearing building regulations on the site.
This assignment involves the preparation and submission of drawings. The aim is to develop concentration on the drawings and a physical understanding of the design plan. An explanatory meeting will be held before the first class session to distribute materials on the contents of the plans.

B3Building Environment and Equipment Design Drawings

Grade 3rd
Credit Unit 1
Teacher Tomoyo Hokibara / Hajime Suzuki / Kohei Shiraishi / Shin-ichi Tanabe / Hiroto Takaguchi / Masanari Ukai / Takahiro Ueno / Yuta Fukawa
Overview Building equipment is an important factor that determines the performance and function of a building, and its skillful design and construction have a significant impact on the quality and usability of the finished building. The arrangement of ducts, piping, various equipment, etc. must be designed wisely in order to fully demonstrate the functions of the facilities, and for this purpose, it is necessary to rationally consider how to coordinate these facility elements with the architectural plan, structure, etc. The basic understanding of this is to proceed in the field of environment and facilities. This basic understanding is necessary for professionals in all fields of architecture, including design, structure, and facilities management, as well as for those who wish to advance into the environmental and facilities fields.
However, it is not easy to understand how machines, ducts, piping, etc., which form the main part of building equipment, work in lectures and the like, because they are often placed in areas that are not visible from the building space.
The purpose of this course is to understand the elements of facilities such as air-conditioning and sanitation in buildings through rudimentary design and drawing, and to understand the relationship between facilities, design, and structure.

B4Graduation Thesis

Grade 4th
Teacher All teachers
Overview Research is conducted on the theme of each laboratory. Tanabe Lab accepts up to 12 students each year.

B4Graduation Design

Grade 4th
Teacher All teachers
Overview Graduation Design is the final year of design and drafting that integrates the knowledge acquired in the various fields of architecture, and at the same time is positioned as the first step towards further specialisation in postgraduate studies and practical work in the real world. Based on the various knowledge and skills acquired throughout the undergraduate course, students integrate these into a concrete design and planning proposal on architectural and urban themes that they wish to continue researching or practising afterwards.
This task is to be undertaken jointly by groups of three members from different fields, as shown below. This is a simulation of the joint work of different fields that will be essential in the real world in the future, and through understanding and discussing each other’s fields of specialisation, it is intended to help students acquire a broad perspective and cultivate a high awareness of their own specialisation.
Graduation Design must be based on the background of research in the three participants’ respective fields of specialisation and integrate field research, literature research, theoretical research and experimentation.

M1Special Studies on Architectural Environment

Grade 5th Year
(Grad. School)
Teacher Shin-ichi Tanabe
Overview Learn the fundamentals of dynamic cooling/heating load calculation in the room, the method of evaluation at planning and designing the building environment. In addition, I explain the basics related to building facilities. In this class, I explain in detail the matters that form the basis of practical work, and confirm the results by actually doing calculations. This year ZEB (Zero energy Building) guidelines is used for this class.

M1Advanced Topics in Architectural Design and Engineering B

Grade 5th Year
(Grad. School)
Teacher Haruhiko Goto / Shin-ichi Tanabe / Norihito Nakatani / Yoshiaki Miyamoto / Susumu Yoshinaka / Keigo Kobayashi / Taishi Watanabe / Midori Yamada / Tomoyo Hokibara / Shun Yoshie / Takahiro Ueno / Xinpeng Wang / External lecturers (urban planning, production, planning)
Overview All master course students have to take this class. This class will provide the information about the research, techniques, architecture, urban planning, and these practical issues on the cutting edge. By understanding the need of the society to the Architecture, City and Environment, and deeping the wide apprehension of an Architectonics, the class will help the students to prepare the practice.
Professors in the School of Architecture will be in charge share the lectures. And two times of lectures will be in charge by practicians of business sectors. Basically this class will provide in English. In case of the lecturers speak in Japanese, English materials will be provided.

M1+2Seminar A-D in Architectural Environment

Grade 5-6th Year
(Grad. School)
Overview Exercises for postgraduate masters. Presentations at national and international conferences and project-based learning.