Faculty and Researchers

Environment, Civil Engineering, and Architecture

Architecture

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the 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.

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.

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.

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.

HISA Takahiro

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.