Department of Design, School of Design Environmental Design Course


This course focuses on the study of the architecture, cities and landscapes that will shape our future.

Environmental design is based on the principle of the symbiosis between humans and the environment and is about considering the relationship between them and making concrete proposals.

In order to respond to recent issues such as ecology, sustainability, resources, cultural heritage, globalization, regional revitalization, and landscape, students will gather and consider knowledge from multiple perspectives regarding technology, people, society, and nature, and acquire creative environmental design skills which enable them to design architecture, cities, regions, and landscapes with an artistic flair.


Fields of Study

  • Urban & Landscape Design

    · Urban Design · Landscape Design · Green Environmental Design

  • Architectural Design

    · Architectural Design · Architectural Structure · Architectural Environment

  • 1 st year

    Cultivate basic design skills in environmental design together with each individual’s liberal arts educaton.

    Focusing on KIKAN Education Subjects, students will learn to understand diverse values through exchanging knowledge about nature, various cultures, societies, and histories and work with others to solve problems from multiple perspectives. Furthermore, in Specialized Subject, students will gain an understanding of the specific knowledge, concepts, ideas, and methods that form the foundation of design, cultivate universal design literacy beyond the specialization of each course, and learn basic knowledge that can be applied to environmental design and methods of presenting the plans and design.

  • 2 nd year

    Acquire broad and basic knowledge and problem-solving skills in environmental design.

    In Course Specialized Subjects, students will gain an awareness of the diversity of societies rooted in different cultures and histories and understand the roles and responsibilities that environmental design should play. Students will also learn specialized knowledge of architecture, landscape and urban planning and design, history, and technology, and acquire the ability to apply this knowledge to environmental design. Furthermore, in Course Basic Subjects and Course Exercises Subjects, students will acquire the ability to work together as a team to solve problems and come up with a proposal consisting of design, plans, and system under given constraint conditions.

  • 3 rd year

    Acquire specialized knowledge and practical design skills in environmental design.

    In Course Specialized Subjects, students will deepen their expertise in environmental design and acquire the ability to investigate, recognize, and logically analyze issues to be solved based on scientific thinking skills. Students will learn theory, knowledge, and skills in general design and environmental design in English, preparing them to participate in cutting-edge design activities worldwide. In Course Basic Subjects and Course Exercises Subjects, students will acquire the ability to propose specific spaces that can achieve a sustainable society and the practical skills to achieve mechanisms and organizations based on usage, function, beauty, and comfort while considering various conditions.

  • 4 th year

    Through Senior Project, students acquire comprehensive skills in environmental design.

    Students will join a laboratory, set their own research theme, delve into them, and cultivate the ability to investigate, design, plan, and formulate systems to improve the environment surrounding humans from a broad perspective. In their Senior Project, students will comprehensively relate the knowledge obtained in each field, investigate, and identify issues to be solved related to environmental design, analyze them logically, and express their plans and designs accurately to others.

Architect Program

The Architect Program is a program corresponding to UNESCO-UIA International Certification and JABEE Certification.

The Architect Program is a successor to the former curriculum of the Department of Environmental Design which was recognized as a bachelor's JABEE program. The UNESCO-UIA accredited this program combined with the Global Architect Program of the Graduate School of Design as meeting international standards. Students in the Environmental Design Course will be enrolled in this program at the time of enrollment to Kyushu University, but they can graduate without completing this program. Students enrolled
by the course undetermined entrance exam and students of other courses of the Department of Design can take this program by applying for registration by the first course registration.

For applicants from overseas: please note that Architect Program, Global Architect Program as well as Environmental Design Course are provided only in Japanese language.

International Program

The International Program aims to develop the stance, attitudes, and communication skills necessary to work independently in international society and to develop human resources with specialized design knowledge and skills and a sense of identity of their own country. By studying abroad or taking equivalent courses, students will learn approaches, methods, and ideas for design that do not exist in Japan to broaden their scope of design.
For more information about the international program, please check the website.

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Faculty Members

Faculty members in
Name Position Field of Specialization
ASAHIRO Kazuo Professor Environmental Conservation and Restoration
OI Naoyuki Professor Urban and Building Environment, Environmental Psychology
TANOUE Kenichi Professor Architectural Planning and Design
UKAI Tetsuya Professor Architectural Design, Urban Design
YOSHIOKA Tomokazu Professor Structural Engineering
FUKUSHIMA Ayako Associate Professor Heritage Studies
HAYABUCHI Yuriko Associate Professor Environmental Engineering
INOUE Tomo Associate Professor Planning of Building Construction, Management and Organization of Building Process
KATO Yuki Associate Professor History of Japanese Architecture
TAKATORI Chika Associate Professor Landscape Ecology
IMASAKA Tomoko Lecturer Environmental Chemistry
TSUCHIYA Jun Lecturer Building Materials, Finishing Materials, Landscape Materials
IWAMOTO Masaaki Assistant Professor Architectural Design
KAWAMOTO Youichi Assistant Professor Urban Environment
SHIMAZAKI Aya Assistant Professor History of Western Architecture

Prospective Career

About half of environmental design graduates go on to graduate school, and the other half go on to find employment soon after graduation. The majority of these graduates find work at housing companies, design offices, or construction companies, and many others go into furniture and fixtures, interior design, office equipment, information technology, civil service, real estate, or landscaping-related companies. Other students choose to study abroad every year. Upon entering graduate school, students develop their design expertise and specialize in fields of their choosing.

Prospective Profession
These students go on to become architects, landscapers, urban planners, environmental consultants, and more.
■Graduates are eligible to take the examinations for first-class architects and building engineers (Ikkyu-kenchikushi)

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