Structure Course

Since ancient times, gigantic structures, including domes, the Coliseum and Japanese five-story pagodas, have been built with the pioneering technologies of the time. Structural engineers have also been supported by the progress of science in their challenge to create new space and forms. These days, in the design and construction of high-rise buildings or long span structures, the fruits of science and engineering research, including construction methods, new materials developed with the state-of-the-art science as their basis, and architectural analyses by computer systems, are now being adapted to make buildings safe and comfortable against natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes. Recently, in light of concerns for the global environment, there is also an increasing demand for lasting buildings. Students in this course pursue the goal of acquiring knowledge and skills with an emphasis on the scientific and engineering aspects of architecture such as disaster risks, structural safety and durability so that buildings can ensure not only the “safety” of human lives, but also “peace of mind” for everyday living.

Iwata lab
Enomoto lab
Shimazaki+Shirai lab
Cho+Saito lab