Academics

Faculty of Architecture

Main Campus (Higashiosaka City, Osaka Prefecture)

Founded on Developing Innovative and Creative Architects

In April 2011, with the establishment of its Faculty of Architecture, Kindai University expanded to 13 faculties. The goal of the Faculty of Architecture is to continue to be at the forefront of architectural design, study, and trends in the 21st century. In order to do this, the architecture program has been redesigned into a newer, more vibrant holistic program that incorporates various fields of study (e.g., the arts, social sciences, and engineering). The result is a more well-rounded and more balanced architectural study program that extends well beyond other more traditional programs. This, in turn, leads to the creation and maintenance of sustainable time-tested architecture. This faculty aims to develop architects who are innovative and creative in both thought and design.

Departments and Programs

Departments Annual Student Admissions Programs
Architecture 280 Architectural Engineering
Architectural Design
Residential Architecture
Planning Management

Curriculum and Facilities

Major in Architectural Engineering

Developing architects with professional engineering expertise

With the recent sophistication of architectural technologies (as evidenced by skyscrapers and structures with extremely complex and diverse geometrical designs), architects today need a broader, more holistic knowledge base in order to comprehend the characteristics of various buildings and their surrounding environments. Thus, the Faculty of Architecture’s major in architectural engineering builds upon the preceding curriculum of the Faculty of Science and Engineering’s Department of Architecture. Students in this major will learn to comprehend architectural structures, environments, and designs. They will then integrate this knowledge in a practical manner so as to become not only professional architects but also highly skilled building engineers.

Major in Architectural Design

Developing architects who are creative in both thought and design

The major in architectural design provides a solid foundation in the practical studies and most current research of architectural design. This is particularly evident in the Studio Design class, an upper-division third-year class, where practicing architects guide and advise small groups of students with hands-on instruction. The curriculum in this major also provides multifaceted courses in various design theories, including chromatics, landscape design and urban design. Within this varied curriculum, students have a great opportunity to develop their own unique architectural sensibilities.

Major in Residential Architecture

Developing architects who can design and create housing for our fast-changing, ever-evolving society

With the primary focus on housing, this major provides a comprehensive curriculum for studying design, planning, environment, and structure. The coursework in this major has three objectives. The first objective is to study housing in relation to our society (i.e., to think about the social role of housing from the viewpoint of one’s daily life as well as from the viewpoints of those within the community). The second is to study housing in relation to our environment (i.e., to obtain professional knowledge of housing, all the while considering various environmental issues, including those related to health). The final objective is to study wooden housing, with a particular focus on the more conventional and traditional housing architecture in Japan.

Major in Planning Management

Developing architects who are specialists in planning and management

The major in planning management provides a solid curriculum and varied coursework from the standpoint of planning and management. This major is of particular value in a country like Japan that has an architecturally mature society and an enormous amount of building stock (i.e., a so-called “stock society”). Due to rapid social change, there is a strong necessity to construct buildings and design cities with a clear future vision. It is critical that we build flexible architecture that can be sustainable. The study in this major is mainly threefold: (1) architectural planning that proposes architecture appropriate to the land and city—this planning must take into consideration various social factors as well as economic conditions; (2) architectural management that can create new buildings as well as foster and develop existing ones; and (3) urban planning that reinforces the role of architecture in both urban and rural settings.

Career Opportunities

Exceptionally diverse coursework—covering architectural technologies, culture, history, art, and more—in the Faculty of Architecture allows students to develop a broad range of professional knowledge that will be invaluable for their future careers. The main target is still the building industry. Yet with the recent influx of companies breaking into the private housing industry, there is a rising demand for architects to work in this field. Thus, future careers can be found in the private housing industry, architectural design offices, public offices, building equipment and materials companies, as well as in the IT industry, just to name a few.