Department of Design, Graduate School of Design Environment and Heritage
Design Course


Training designers who can bring new value to environment and heritage in a global context

This course has four key academic strategies to foster professional quality graduates. First, a focus on practical education that covers diverse fields of study both domestically and internationally in order to cultivate the ability to evaluate the various heritages. Also, research and an educational organization centered on developing students, especially to support an international network for environmental and heritage design. The second strategy is to provide students with expertise in evaluation, conservation, and heritage, and skills in designing architecture, landscape, and culture in order to preserve the heritage for future generations. Third, the program incorporates field work into the curriculum that promotes unique educational opportunities.
The aim of the field work is to construct a sustainable relationship between the various exchanges between people and products. These exchanges are stimulated by cultural and economic differences, and the management of tourism. Through these exchanges, students gain valuable experience about the relationship of the environmental and heritage designs. Finally, the curriculum includes overseas field investigations, and utilizes the skills gained through them to verify the results of these small-scale localized research projects based on Japanese environmental and heritage design and technologies to foster contributions by students on an international level through education.


Global Architect Program

The Global Architect Program was established on April 1, 2017 in the Master's Program of the Graduate School of Design. This program develops human resources with comprehensive design ability with engineering and cultural arts knowledge on architecture and environmental design. Applicants who can take this program need to have been graduated from the Department of Environmental Design at the School of Design, Kyushu University, or have been graduated from the Department of Architecture at other universities and have achieved the educational achievement goals of the Department of Environmental Design. Applicants must also be enrolled in the Master's Program in Environment and Heritage Design Course, or in the Master's Program in the Department of Design Strategy in the Graduate School of Design, and be authorized by the Director of the Graduate School of Design. Those who complete the program will receive a program completion certificate. This program is accredited as an undergraduate and master's degree program (named “Environmental Design Program”) of JABEE in architectural field (accreditation for UNESCO-UIA educational program) in conjunction with the graduation of the environmental design department (or a bachelor's degree course that is regarded as achieving the equivalent educational goal).

Faculty Members

Faculty members in
Heritage Theory
Name Position Field of Specialization
ASAHIRO Kazuo Professor Environmental Conservation and Restoration
KATO Yuki Associate Professor History of Japanese Architecture
TAKATORI Chika Associate Professor Landscape Ecology
Environment and Heritage Management
Name Position Field of Specialization
KONDO Kayoko Professor Environmental Policy, Environmental Economics, History of Social Thought
FUKUSHIMA Ayako Associate Professor Heritage Studies
HAYABUCHI Yuriko Associate Professor Environmental Engineering
IWAMOTO Masaaki Assistant Professor Architectural Design
LOH Wei Leong Assistant Professor Design Education
Environmental Design Technology
Name Position Field of Specialization
OI Naoyuki Professor Urban and Building Environment, Environmental Psychology
YOSHIOKA Tomokazu Professor Structural Engineering
INOUE Tomo Associate Professor Planning of Building Construction, Management and Organization of Building Process
IMASAKA Tomoko Lecturer Environmental Chemistry
KAWAMOTO Youichi Assistant Professor Urban Environment


Training environment and heritage designers who will go on to create value in regional environments.

Main Employers
Researchers at universities, research institutes, and museums
Public officials working in the fields of architecture, landscaping, urban planning, cultural promotion, and environmental policy
Town and community planners
Heritage preservation/restoration managers
Architectural, garden, and landscape designers
Architectural and landscape engineers

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