||The first two and half years of the Undergraduate Program of Architecture and Design curriculum is broken down into three areas of study. First, second and first-semester third year students will choose subjects from all three areas to build a strong educational background in engineering, art and science. The three study areas are as follows:
(1) Design: this area involves design knowledge and research related to the development
and production of products and information in daily life.
(2) Architecture and Building Engineering: this field focuses the architectural design, the building preservation
and conservations, and the equipment and construction technologies required
for architecture and building projects.
(3) Architecture and Culture: the goals of courses in this
area are to integrate ideas and techniques relevant to architecture, design,
art, and social sciences.
From first year through to the first half of their third
year, students in this program will create a study “menu” based on courses
chosen from all three of the above areas of study. Study will involve lectures,
seminars and practical exercises. In this way, they will acquire basic knowledge
and skills related to architecture and design, and extensive knowledge relevant
to the relationship between architecture - design and culture - society.
Beginning with the second semester of the third year, students will
begin to receive practical and theoretical education in small, studio-style
classes related to one of the three study areas outlined above. Students will be
mentored toward the final goal of graduating from the program in small groups by
a single teaching staff member (one for each group). This is the traditional
educational system of the architecture and design program.