Faculty and Researchers

Environment, Civil Engineering, and Architecture

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Environment, Civil Engineering, and Architecture.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2020 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2021 academic year.

AWANO Masayuki

Position
Professor

ANDO Shoichi

Position
Professor

IWATA Norio

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Vibration Engineering Laboratory
Structural Engineering

We do research on vibration to understand damping performance and improve damping techniques, as well seismic design procedures that take damping into account. Our aim is to ensure overall safety and comfort of buildings not only in major earthquakes, but also during small to moderate earthquakes and wind events.

IWAMAE Atsushi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Architectural Environmental System Laboratory
Architectural Environmental Engineering, Heat/Humidity/Air Environments, Architectural Equipment

We are developing and evaluating new materials and construction methods with the aim of making buildings, in particular, homes, more energy efficient or zero-energy structures, making them more healthy and comfortable, and further enhancing their long-term durability. Our activities are characterized by selectively using social research, laboratory experiments, numerical simulations, and different approaches depending on the purpose.

OKADA Masaaki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Landscape & Heritage Study Laboratory
Landscape Engineering, History of Civil Engineering, Industrial Heritage, Heritage Studies

Research on landscape evaluation and history of civil engineering. We embrace the concept of using landscapes near to us as community assets in doing design. We start with familiar places, and identify issues and research ways to resolve them.

OKUTOMI Toshiyuki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Architectural Design Theory Laboratory
Architectural Theory, Architectural Design, Architectural History

The modern era is a period in which the globalization of architecture advanced against a background of dramatic technological innovation. In that process, what has architecture taken and what has it left behind? We give thought to what constitutes the essential center from various social contexts surrounding architecture.

KAWAI Katsuyuki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Geotechnics Laboratory
Geotechnical Engineering, Geoenvironmental Engineering, Disaster Prevention

Using a three-phase mixture comprising soil particles, water, and air, we faithfully model geo-materials that exhibit complex behaviors depending on their composition ratio, and search for clues to solve problems by simulating ground disasters such as landslides and soil contamination.

SANO Itaru

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Information Science Laboratory
Aerosols, Remote sensing

Understanding of aerosol properties is impotant role in the climate research. The aim of this work is to estimate aerosol properties by remote sensing from space and ground.

SHIMAZU Haruki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Sanitary Laboratory
Environmental Engineering

Our laboratory investigates the status and sources of pollution from chemical substances in the atmosphere and water, in microorganisms, and the like. We examine whether the possibility exists that a substance would have an adverse impact on people and ecosystems, and conduct research with the aim of building appropriate systems to manage and control chemical substances.

SUZUKI Takeshi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Architectural Planning Laboratory
Architectural Planning, Environment Behavior Study

We focus on how people live in populated places, and examine and research what kinds of architecture, facilities, and spaces should exist in the future in regions and cities, and how they should be planned and implemented.

SUZUKI Naoya

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Fluid Engineering Laboratory
Environmental Fluid Engineering, Physical Oceanography, Environmental Remote Sensing

The interdependence of the oceans and the atmosphere is related to fluctuations and changes in the global environment. We elucidate these basic mechanisms on the basis of both experimental and numerical models.

TAKEHARA Kohsei

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Hydraulic Laboratory
Hydraulics

We are engaged in a wide range of research including gas transport phenomena in oceans and surrounding flow fields related to the motion of microorganisms. In addition, we are studying the phenomenon of water droplets and gas bubbles using the world's fastest video camera developed at this university.

TOMITA Yasuo

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Urban Management Laboratory
Transport Planning, Urban Planning, Regional Planning

We are working broadly on urban management in an aging society and low-carbon society from both a theoretical and practical perspective. In particular, we are studying town planning by the residents themselves that applies urban management techniques.

NAKAGUCHI Yuzuru

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Geochemical Laboratory
Biogeochemistry

A wide variety of substances are present on Earth, and among them are elements essential to living organisms. We elucidate the circulation mechanism for these elements on Earth.

NODA Hiroshi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Wind Engineering Laboratory
Wind Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Risk Assessment

As seawater temperatures near Japan have risen in recent years, disaster damage caused by powerful winds, for example, typhoons and tornadoes, has been increasing. We study the safety of buildings with respect to strong winds and the strong winds themselves.

HIGASHIYAMA Hiroshi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Composite Structural Engineering
Structural Engineering, Bridge Engineering, Maintenance Engineering

For the sake of safe, reliable and comfortable living, we research the development of new materials and structures, investigate methodologies, and study maintenance of existing structures. We deepen our understanding by examining phenomena, touching on materials and structures in experiments and analysis.

HISA Takahiro

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Social System Laboratory
Urban planning、Urban design、Community design

FUCHIHATA Manabu

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Thermal Engineering Laboratory
Combustion Engineering

We give thought to fuels and combustion technologies that minimize emissions of hazardous substances and carbon dioxide. We research small-scale, high-efficiency, and low-pollution technologies to burn various fuels that can be produced from plant-derived biomass.

FUMOTO Takayuki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environment Material Laboratory
Concrete Engineering, Construction Materials, Environmental Materials

For materials such as cement-based materials, asphalt materials, polymer-based materials, and recycled materials, image measurement of three-dimensional X-ray CT images enables measurement of particles, deformation distribution, deterioration distribution, void path measurement, etc. inside the material. Measure. Based on the results, the material arrangement, internal deformation-destruction mechanism, deterioration progress mechanism, and optimal manufacturing conditions are considered. Then, based on the characteristics, we propose a useful usage method.

MAKI Teruya

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Microbiology Lab.
Environmental Microbiology, Bioaerosols, Airborne microorganisms, Public health, Climate change

MATSUI Kazuaki

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Biological Science Laboratory
Urban Microbial Ecology, Human Impacts on Microbial Ecosystems

We are working on a variety of research projects to understand the urban aquatic microbial ecosystems. Our current interest is the dynamics and distribution of bacterial heavy metal and antibiotic resistance genes in urbanized environment. We also try to elucidate the quantitative relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning with microbes.

MATSUOKA Satoshi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Architecture and Urban Design Laboratory
Architectural Planning, Urban Analysis, Architectural Design

We capture the essential features of cities through field work and analysis and propose new paradigms for cities through architectural design.

MURAKAMI Masahide

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Timber Structure Laboratory
Timber Structures

A variety of construction methods exist for wood structures. In addition, wood is a biological material, and thus, material strength is also uncertain. Consequently, the theory of structural design is still underdeveloped compared to reinforced concrete and steel-frame construction. We have adopted a research theme of developing computational theories and evaluating structural performance that will be beneficial in the structural design of various load-bearing elements. Since it is difficult to theoretically elucidate the full behavior of wood structures, we focus our research on tests of actual full-size structures.

MORIMOTO Takeshi

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Remote Sensing Engineering Laboratory
Atmospheric Electricity, Remote Sensing, Electromagnetic compatibility

We make practical application of remote sensing technologies that measure the nature of objects from a distance using specific properties such as electromagnetic emissions. We also develop equipment and perform observations and analyses on various subjects, such as phenomena that cause disasters to happen, the Earth’s environment, etc.

YAMAGUCHI Kentaro

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Housing for Life and Well-Being Laboratory
Architecture Planning

In manufacturing, it is essential to get a picture of user needs and lifestyles. Using a variety of research methodologies, we gauge the needs of people who have difficulty in making their wishes known, for example, the elderly and the disabled, and study what is desirable in products, architecture, and communities from the standpoint of these people. In particular, we are undertaking comprehensive research on facilities for the elderly, from assistive devices and equipment to buildings and regional planning.

YONEDA Masahiro

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Bridge Engineering Laboratory
Bridge Engineering, Structural Engineering, Structural Dynamics

Bridges that hold up and survive, even when typhoons with wind speeds of 80 meters per second arrive, and also when earthquakes of magnitude 8 strike. Bridges for which no shaking occurs that will cause discomfort when vehicles pass by or when people are walking. We do research on such bridges.

WAKITA Yoshihisa

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Urban Planning Laboratory
Urban Planning, Architectural Planning

Based on knowledge and techniques of urban planning and architectural planning, we define the principles of space configuration in cities, villages, and houses indigenous to regions in Japan as well as in Southeast Asia, with a view toward resolving regional problems. At the same time, we are engaged in practical research on techniques to promote collaborative community development with citizen involvement.

ABUKU Masaru

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Environmental Engineering in Architecture
Building Physics

We research the comfort, energy efficiency, and durability of buildings.

OTSUKA Teppei

Position
Associate Professor
Materials science for energy, Science and technology for hydrogen isotopes, Transport phenomena of elements in materials, Irradiation effects on materials

OKINAKA Tomoo

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Applied Mechanics Laboratory
Material Mechanics, Applied Mechanics, Image Measurement Systems

In the break-up and collapse of a structure, splitting cracks will branch and propagate for several hundred meters. We use experiments and computer simulation to investigate what phenomena are occurring in such situations.

KAKITA Hiroyuki

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Architectural Design Laboratory
Architectural Design, Design Theory

Through models and drawings, we think while actually moving our hands and put into practice training to discover in the process of creating. In addition, we study the background against which modern architecture created new forms and spatial configurations, and in which architectural design is viewed from the perspective of environmental and technological integration.

TAKAOKA Shinichi

Position
Associate Professor

TAKANO Yasuhide

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Water Environmental Measurement Laboratory
Environmental Measurement Engineering, Hydrology

Using measurement instruments, as well as electron microscopes, and the like, we investigate the state of the environment in urban areas mainly by measuring the heat and moisture environment (temperature, humidity etc.) and soil property about heat and moisture transfer.

TADA Masahiro

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Traffic Informatics Laboratory
Traffic Informatics, Human Sensing, Wearable Computing

To achieve a safe and secure traffic environment, we conduct research on using ICT in systems that can understand the individual personality characteristics of each vehicle driver or bicycle rider, and provide safety support tailored to each person.

TODA Junya

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Space Design Laboratory
Architectural Design

We primarily study architecture since Modernism. We also actively participate in competitions, and at the same time, make in-depth studies of concepts and techniques to create space.

NAGASAWA Yasuhiro

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Architectural Environment and Building Services Laboratory
Architectural Environmental Engineering, Architectural Equipment Engineering, Thermal Environment and Indoor Air Quality

We conduct research on the planning, analysis, and evaluation of environmental building service systems to achieve indoor environments that will enable people residing in buildings to live in comfort and good health with minimal energy consumption.

HIRAGURI Yasuhiro

Position
Associate Professor

HORIGUCHI Tohru

Position
Associate Professor

MATSUMIYA Tomohiro

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Earthquake-Resistant Structure Laboratory
Steel Structures, Earthquake-Resistant Structures

Japan is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. To enable people to live with peace of mind, we are conducting research to help improve the seismic safety of steel-frame buildings.

YANAGIHARA Takao

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Welfare Planning Laboratory
Transportation Planning

We research the relationship between people and the social environment from a variety of perspectives, such as engineering, health and well-being, psychology, and cognitive science. In particular, in recent years, we have also been doing R&D on equipment to support independent living by people with disabilities.

NAKASHIMA Koji

Position
Assistant Professor
Laboratory
Geotechnical Prevention Engineering Laboratory
Geotechnical Engineering