Architecture and Civil Engineering

Outline

Human beings live and act in various spaces, including buildings, residential areas, urban areas, regions, national lands, and oceans. The spaces are stereoscopic and magnificent and connected horizontally and vertically. The above-described whole spaces are often expressed by a term, “environment."

Human beings have accumulated wisdom to live in such environment, e.g., wisdom of cultural science, social science, politics, and economy that control human lives and society. On the other hand, human beings have accumulated considerable experience while trying one way after another to make the environment safer, more convenient, and more comfortable although they are often controlled by the environment on the other way around. The architecture and the civil engineering are academic fields in which the above described accumulations have been systematized as science and technology.

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering has a long history. Its parent body is Fukui Technical Junior College, which was established in 1923 as a sole construction-related department located on the Japan Sea. In 1968, the Department of Construction Engineering was added. By integrating the two departments in 1989, the Department of Environment and Construction Engineering was established. Both departments were pioneers in Japan, dealing with the environment in a comprehensive manner by eliminating the barrier between architecture and civil engineering.

The department has attempted to be the leading edge of the times. The department name was changed to the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering in 1999. This department started operations, aiming at a new goal. The goal is to conduct comprehensive and practical research and educate engineers who can contribute to the real world in various fields of activity and therefore establish a truly wealthy life and sustainable society in the 21st century. While doing this, the department treats environment widely from cultural, social, and global viewpoints beyond the framework of conventional industrial technologies and regards “architecture and civil engineering" as a comprehensive technology for re-structuring it as the living surroundings for human beings.

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Features of Curriculum

The Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering employs a gradual course selection system for small-group education to accept individual differences in characteristics of students. More specifically, the first 1.5 years is a period in which students procure comprehensive awareness of problems and fundamental academic abilities. In this period, all students take the same classes in each grade at a time. At the beginning of the subsequent 2.5 years, the students are divided into the architecture course and the civil engineering course. Students in each course take classes which follow the objectives of the course. However, if the students wish, they can take classes in the other courses.

In addition, the department intends to afford each student opportunities for practical studies and experiences in various fields. Such opportunities include field trips to see architectural works and construction sites outside the university and meetings with senior students and graduates.

Architecture course

This course aims to learn techniques to analyze living environment based on architectural evaluation methods and therefore improve the living environment. For a long time, architecture has been recognized as a comprehensive technique which covers function, strength, and beauty.However, the advance of modern technology increases its specialization and differentiation and therefore tends to weaken its aspect of comprehensive technique of architecture. Thus, the architecture course emphasizes to synthesize versatile knowledge including engineering, art and science, and social science on the basis of architecture, and offers creative curricula focusing on practical exercises and trainings.

Civil engineering course

This course aims to learn techniques to build living spaces for regional communities from comprehensive viewpoints by analyzing problems on the living environment on various scales for cities, regions, and national lands. To create abundant living environment for communities in the 21st century, collaborations with various groups are required, as seen in movements of town managements. Furthermore, it is necessary that wisdoms from various fields are required for the sustainable society. The course offers versatile but systematic curricula aiming to synthesize broad knowledge ranging from natural science to social science and from regional aspects to global aspects.

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