Course of Human Environment Design

Course of Human Environment Design

Promotion of high-density “environment design” research with a project of the real world as the axis


Chair of the Course of Human Environment Design

Yoshio Uchida

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Message from the Course Chair

 The Course of Human Environment Design comprises three courses: “Architectural/Environmental Design,” “Tools/Equipment Design,” and “Products/Information Design.” Along with intense learning about each respective specialized area, this course aims to raise professionals who have perspectives that can be applied to related fields, can comprehensively understand problems, and can design user-focused environments and craftsmanship.

 In modern society, which is facing various problems such as the progression of excessive aging, declining birth rates, and regional disparities, sustainable designs are required in future to continue developing the society across future generations. In this course, we are raising professionals in environmental design and craftsmanship to assist in responding to the demands of society. To prepare an environment in which a variety of people such as the elderly, children, and people with disabilities are able to live while achieving their own self-fulfillment, designs of environments, products, and information that have grasped the physical and mental conditions and lifestyle characteristics of users are required. Under the situation of the disparity between cities and rural regions advancing, town planning that realizes sustainable structures while grasping the characteristics of each respective region is required. That is to say, environment creation and crafting that perceives society from a birds-eye perspective while at the same time accurately comprehending the microscopic characteristics of individuals and that responds to those needs will be necessary in the future world. To respond to those kinds of needs, an academic curriculum is deployed in this course that has consolidated knowledge from diverse academic disciplines such as architecture, life-supporting engineering, product design, and housing studies.

 In the Master’s course, the aim is to deepen expertise and grasp lateral and well-rounded perspectives. Lecture and exercise courses are arranged where sophisticated knowledge, technology, and means of resolving practical tasks are learned. Collaborative education and joint research is also being conducted with entities such as corporations, government, and civic activity groups, and the final outcomes are consolidated into the Master’s thesis or specific topical research essays (falling under the Master’s degree design and Master’s degree production). Furthermore, verification of expert learning is also done. As a response to students who aim to be practitioners of architecture, special industry/university cooperative exercise (internship) courses are also prepared to convert the number of years enrolled in school at the time of taking the examination to become a qualified architect of the first class into the number of years of practical experience, and a curriculum is organized depending on career plans. We aim to train talented individuals who, after completing the program, can engage in diverse businesses and demonstrate sophisticated expertise within all institutions of architectural and product design-type design offices, the design departments of companies, the welfare product development departments within public research institutes, medical institutions, and administrative institutions. 

 In the doctoral course, to conduct independent research activities, foster the scholarly and research activity abilities required for engaging in sophisticated, expert business, and foster the research ethics that should be obeyed by an individual as a scientist, a research guidance system is being constructed for degree acquisition support and research guidance from multiple doctoral course faculty members. We aim to train talented individuals who, upon completion of the program, will coordinate collaboration between researchers from universities and research institutions, talented individuals in leadership positions of corporations and consultants, and different types of industries and diverse corporations, and who will plan, propose, and lead the way for the infrastructure of an ultra-low birth rate, elderly society.

 This is a course that raises talented individuals who, through design, are able to present various solutions with advanced expertise for future societal issues. Students who have a clear awareness of problems while simultaneously being enthusiastic toward learning are welcomed.

Overview of the Course

 This course has the three courses of Architectural/Environmental Design,” “Tools/Equipment Design,” and “Products/Information Design,” and emphasizes collaboration between diverse fields of specialization, with a foundation of ways of thinking of human-centered and universal design. For example, when planning and creating a housing facility, it is necessary to advance architectural, environmental, and furniture designs that are based on an examination of the examples of related facilities, an urban planning perspective, and analysis through human engineering. Even when designing welfare devices and products, it is important to always be aware of the real world when advancing in terms of research and development that is firmly grounded in the user’s position. This course is aimed at well-rounded graduate school education, with joint projects between industry and academia, or industry, government, and academia as the pillars.

  • Admission Capacity: Master’s program – 10 students; Doctoral program – 4 students
  • Lecture Times: Day
  • Campus: Asaka
  • Degree: Master’s program – Master of Human Environment Design ; Doctoral program – Doctor of Human Environment Design