Kyoto Institute of Technology and Chiang Mai University Joint Master’s Degree Program in Architecture

Joint Degree Program with Chiang Mai University

In partnership with Chiang Mai University, Thailand, we have established the Kyoto Institute of Technology and Chiang Mai University Joint Master’s Degree Program. This collaborative program in architecture focuses on architectural design and architectural and urban regeneration/revitalization. A single degree is granted to each student who completes this joint program.

Curriculum Features

Utilizing the extant historical architecture of Kyoto and Chiang Mai, we ensure that students engage in joint field work at both universities based on the design themes of regeneration and novel use of such architecture. We implement a practical educational program for the management of architectural resources. We also provide a curriculum centering on Architectural Design, in which students study architectural design and planning, with a focus on international development through lectures at both universities. The Architecture and Urban Revitalization curriculum specializes in architectural design that reconsiders existing architecture and cities, and which offers opportunities for students to study evaluation, planning, technological analysis, design, and management of such design. By doing so, we help students study ideal architecture based on both countries’ traditions and cultures.

Vision for Fostering Human Resources

We foster global architects, engineers, researchers and next-generation opinion leaders who are equipped with expertise and techniques in the field of architecture and who have a design mind and inquiring mind with which they can lead the world in close cooperation with those from other fields.

Specifically, we develop international architects, architectural engineers and urban planners, as well as conservation architects with high-level techniques, and educators and researchers who can prepare and implement educational strategies. We also foster those who have a vision of architecture in the 21st century, a time when a shift toward a stock-oriented society is expected, who can conduct research by taking advantage of the techniques needed to utilize and manage the stock of urban and architectural heritage sites, and who can prepare restoration and regeneration plans that are appropriate for each site.

Profile of Chiang Mai University

Located in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Mai is home to many temples and is characterized by a dignified ancient capital atmosphere. This is why the city is known as the “Kyoto of Thailand.” As in Kyoto, the city has many cultural and architectural heritage properties.

Established in 1964, Chiang Mai University is a national university located in the northern part of Thailand. As a university in the northern part of the ASEAN region, the educational institute consists of 20 faculties, where approximately 35,000 students study, with one of the alumni being the former Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. The university’s commemorative library was designed by Prof. Hiroaki Kimura (design and architecture) of Kyoto Institute of Technology.

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Laboratory Information

Modern architecture design laboratory Architectural Design laboratory
As the essence of “modernity” is supposed to be overcoming the past and creating the future at this moment, we define modern architecture as the architecture of that potential. In this laboratory we investigate ideal emergence, development of the method and re-interpretation of past database for the design of modern architecture. In addition we try to cultivate imagination that drives the transcendence and returns to body, environment and history at the same time. In this laboratory, we perform the theoretical study on various phenomena about architectural design and inspect the concrete development through a practical design. We make much of that we catch a problem from a w ide view point to let an idea establish as real architecture. And we perform training of the drawing expression to express our own intention definitely. In addition, through rearranging and the analysis of the design drawing of Togo Murano of Kyoto Institute of Technology Museum and Archives possession, we also consider the relation between his design process and the work.
Architecture Criticism laboratory Architecture and Urban Design Theory laboratory
The Architecture Criticism Lab is The Kyoto Studio. “The Kyoto Studio” is stage for an exploration of ways and means of studying the city, the city conditions and the potential these conditions hold. Starting with key words: Number, Image, Word; explorations were initiated, to discover what number, image, word; could offer to understand the city, and to perform an experiment on the potential of these parameters. Focusing on public space that extends to the urban from the building, it is a laboratory to learn a wide range of design methodology. In the laboratory, we will learn from the work of architect focusing on the modernist architecture in particular. As a results, we have held an exhibition with original drawing design of Murano Togo that KIT Arts&Crafts Museum has holdings every year. In the laboratory have cooperation with many Architecture Exhibition Raymond, Junzo Sakakura, Perriand, Kunio Maekawa, Seiichi Shirai, such as Kenzo Tange. It is that the research goals of us, find a valid method for designing a contemporary architecture.
Architecture Design laboratory Housing and Architectural Design laboratory
In order to build a building, many conditions are required. I think that If all those conditions are unified highly, the building changes to optimal “architecture” with both inner side and the outside.
I investigate from both research and practice of the methodology to design such “architecture.”
Our laboratory is developing research activities such as living environmental design and management techniques for the sustainable society in consideration for the global environment and neighborhood community. In late years for the stock utilization age, we are tackling to develop the renovation strategies and technologies of housing complex and also challenging to practice a workshop with inhabitants and renovate an existing housing complex.
Architectural Planning and Design for Regional Facilities laboratory Architectural Planning and Design for Urban Environments laboratory
We are studying about traditional space and children’ s environment.
1) We analyze traditional veranda(Engawa) or alley(Roji), and evaluate their functions. These studies are useful for the regional facility planning, and also for revival or inheritance of the traditional space.
2) We are studying about the environment where children can play freely. And we propose the planning of nursery school with veranda, for active communication and playing outside freely. It is also useful for solving the shortage of spaces.
The main academic theme in our laboratory is to realize the community design and management by the architectural planning and design for urban intermediate complexes.
It comes to the conclusion for a way of thinking called the approach to the collaborating participation.
We practice research activities as the citizen-based town planning and management in doing the cooperation with many districts in kyoto.
Conservation-Revitalization Design for Modern Architectural Heritage laboratory Urban History and Urban Theory laboratory
methodology for conservation-revitalization design to use modern architectural heritage
Recently, in Japan, there are a lot of modern architectural heritage which face to be demolished. If we can “re-deisgn” them respecting their historical value, we can preserve and reuse them. Consequently, the historical cities will be reborn by keeping historical value and obtaining new function.
In this laboratory, we practice how to make the plan to preserve and reuse modern architectural heritage, based on the global assessment and historical research.
Our laboratory is mainly engaged in the study of theory and history of urban space and architecture in the modern period. Each and every city has been organized in associated with politics, economy, culture, or lifestyle there. We are focusing on these items and their relations to analyze urban phenomena based on specific research projects or theoretical studies. Our main targeted sites are laid in cities in Asia and Japan.
Urban History laboratory History of Modern Architecture laboratory
We are studying urban history of Japan. Themes of our research are as follows: 1) Modernization of Japanese cities 2) Cities and water environment 3) Urban landscape of modern Japan 4) Samurai residencial areas in Edo 5) Pilgrimage space of Premodern Japan Architecture reflects beauty, technology and society of the era. Japanese society experienced the largest change between the Meiji Restoration and decades after WWII. Therefore, the architecture especially in modern Japan shows diversity and significant changes. We explore architects in this period, their works and their backgrounds; design, technology, political system and region, and speculate on the method of preservation and activation of modern buildings.
Urban and Architecture Heritage laboratory History of Japanese Architecture and Traditional Architecture laboratory
Our laboratory treats “urban and architectural heritage”, that is historic buildings, townscapes, cities and cultural landscapes. Through many projects which are entrusted from governments or owners of buildings, we read their historical, social and cultural values, and propose design plannings for their preservation and rehabilitation. Beyond the study on the Japanese architectural and urban history themselves, we approach actual buildings, towns or landscapes. Current themes of our laboratory are: 1. investigation and preservation / rehabilitation of cultural landscapes and historic towns, 2. comparative study of traditional architecture in East Asia, 3. Rereading of architecture in modern Japan from its tradition. We carry out investigations from Kyoto to the whole country, and sometimes overseas countries. We make a study of the architectural originality in the Japanese architecture, through researches on empirical process of transition and development about an architectural style, design, material, building techniques and pedigree record of artisans. And we cultivate our creative faculty to revival or succeed to the tradition of Japanese architecture or to create a new tradition of it through decipher documentary records and make an investigation into an on‐the‐spot survey on the temples and shrines, sukiya-zukuri (such as tea-ceremony house), traditional Japanese houses (such as Machiya; town houses), modern Japanese-style houses or a similar affair or matter. Moreover, we make a trial of preservation and revival of traditional Japanese architecture existing abroad, by utilizing skills and wisdom of underlying traditional Japanese architecture.
History and Theory of Architecture laboratory Structural Technology of Architecture laboratory
We are studying about traditional space and children’s environment.
1) We analyze traditional veranda(Engawa) or alley(Roji), and evaluate their functions. These studies are useful for the regional facility planning, and also for revival or inheritance of the traditional space.
2) We are studying about the environment where children can play freely. And we propose the planning of nursery school with veranda, for active communication and playing outside freely. It is also useful for solving the shortage of spaces.
In this laboratory, we have been developed computer simulation technologies to support the structural design. We have developed the basic theory of analysis method that can predict the collapse behavior of building. In addition, the components of the traditional wooden frame and the mud walls of Kyomachiya-Sukiya have been experimented in order to apply our simulation technologies to preservation and reinforcement of the traditional building.
Earthquake Resistance Engineering laboratory Structural Engineering of Buildings laboratory
The research purpose is to improve the earthquake-resistance capacity of a building. The large deformation elastic-plastic analysis program is being developed in order to clarify the collapse mechanism for buildings in the laboratory. Accurate numerical analysis by the finite element method is carried out for the purpose of verifying the capacity of frames, beams and columns. Moreover, the experiments of small steel spatial frame and the partial frame are also conducted. In order to establish the safe structural design against huge earthquakes , it is important to know the characteristics of the behaviors and the mechanism of collapse of building structures under the earthquake excitations.
In our laboratory, the research of optimal earthquake-resistant design procedures are developed based on fundamental mechanics of building structures and mathematical analysis.
The followings are the latest main themes of our research :
・Optimum Distribution of Viscous Dampers in Building Frames by Using Complex Eigen-value Analysis
・Optimum Design of Irregular Shaped Three-dimensional Building Structure
Architectural Planning and Design laboratory
A residence is a basic space of our life.
It is important for the production of a residence that a resident continues being positively concerned with construction or maintenance management.
However some people can’t do like this.
Then at my laboratory we do following researches with craftsmanship and some supports.
1)A residence for victims
2)A residence that people who incurable disease patients and persons with dementia.
3)Reuse technique of vacant house and old building.

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