2017 Architectural Design Studio II

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Yasuda Koichi  Okuyama Shinichi  Tsukamoto Yoshiharu  Yamazaki Taisuke  Murata Ryo  Nasu Satoshi  Shiozaki Taishin 
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Course description and aims

Students are assigned advanced design problems with historical and cultural topics, and a focus on sustainability, and are asked to present solutions through research-based, analytical presentations, and proposal presentations using drawings and models. Students form multiple groups of about five, which collaborate on everything from research to the final presentation.
At each stage (research, conceptual design work, basic design work, preparation work for final presentation) of this course in design studio format, the instructor checks the students' esquisse. Joint workshops with overseas universities are envisioned, so the working language is English by default.

Student learning outcomes

Students will have insights into the history of architecture not just from the perspective of architectural history, but also from consideration of the relationships with real urban spaces. The goal is also to learn a methodology for transmitting this to future generations from an architectural design perspective. Another goal is to take advantage of the group work aspect of the course to develop leadership, by developing individual creative power and ability to work in a group.


Architectural design, international joint workshop, Cultural and Historical context

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Concerning the selection of problems created by the instructor, students are checked on their esquisse each time, receive advice at the intermediate presentations and review meetings, and their further ideas have been examined, followed by the final presentations and review meetings. All works are performed in groups consisting of international and Japanese students.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance and presentation of problems, forming groups Reseach and Analysis
Class 2 Research 1, scanning the conditions of the target site Reseach on a site contecst at project site
Class 3 Research 2 about a historical change of a project site and surrounding environment Research and Making concept
Class 4 Research 3, adjusting given conditions and setting up basic concepts for building the problem subject Research and Making concept
Class 5 Mid-term presentation and critic 1 Discussion for project
Class 6 Conceptural design and Esquisse check1 Making concept and Discussion for project
Class 7 Conceptural design and Esquisse check2 Making concept and Discussion for project
Class 8 Mid-term presentation and critic 2 Discussion for project
Class 9 Basic design and Esquisse check 1 Making basic design and Discussion for project
Class 10 Basic design and Esquisse check 2 Making basic design and Discussion for project
Class 11 Mid-term presentation and critic 3 Discussion for project
Class 12 Preparations for a final presentation and Esquisse check 1 Work for presentation and Discussion for project
Class 13 Preparations for a final presentation and Esquisse check 2 Work for presentation and Discussion for project
Class 14 Preparations for a final presentation and Esquisse check 3 Work for presentation and Discussion for project
Class 15 Final Presentation and Critic Final Presentation and Critic



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Assessment criteria and methods

Level of Understanding for project(10%), Conception ability of Design(20%), Presentation Skills(50%), Explanation capability(10%), Commitment at Esquisse check(10%)

Related courses

  • ARC.D421 : Architectural Design Studio I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

"Ability of conception for architectural design
Because of the ability of making drawings, only studens of Architectural faculty can take this class. "

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