Department of Architecture Faculty of Engineering
The study of architecture encompasses a wide range of subject areas, including planning and design, structure and tectonics, environment and systems, materials and construction methods, history, and building laws and regulations. Students in the T.P.U. Department of Architecture receive a comprehensive and balanced education in each of these areas. Our curriculum has been carefully developed with an eye to nurturing well-rounded professionals who combine extensive engineering knowledge and skills with historical understanding and artistic insight. In the coming years, anyone aspiring to a successful career as an architectural designer or engineer, not to mention a first-class licensed architect, will require both advanced expertise and the wide-ranging competence to respond to society's diverse needs.
In our department, students seeking careers in architecture are able to plunge into the discipline from their first semester, with survey courses like Fundamentals of Architectural Drafting and Design, Introduction to Architectural Design, Introduction to Structural Design, and Introduction to Environmental Design. This approach helps keep motivation high while laying a firm foundation for more specialized studies. In their second year, students continue a wide-ranging, balanced study of architecture. In their third year, they select a concentration, choosing either Architectural Design, Structural Design, or Environmental Design. By the second semester of their third year, they are deep into advanced studies in the specialty of their choice.
Our dedicated and enthusiastic faculty provides individually tailored small-group instruction. Many of our instructors are successful architects with their own design studios; others draw on a wealth of business or R＆D experience in the private sector to provide an education that goes beyond textbook theory to provide knowledge and skills applicable to the real world.
University life offers a greater degree of freedom than elementary or secondary school, but it also demands a new level of independence and initiative. Our faculty encourages students to stand on their own two feet, while maintaining close contact with them to monitor their grasp of course material and their progress in assigned projects.
Students in the Department of Architecture also benefit from our state-of-the-art educational and research facilities, including a drafting workspace with 140 drafting boards, a drawing studio, a structural testing lab, a materials lab, an environmental testing lab, and a soil mechanics lab, as well as two uniquely advanced experimental facilities: T.P.U.'s large-scale wind tunnel and thermally stratified wind tunnel.
Affiliated with the Department of Architecture is the Wind Engineering Research Center, a world-renowned center for advanced research and education. The Wind Engineering Research Center has carried out two major government-funded research projects in recent years: "Wind Effects on Buildings and the Urban Environment" (2003-2007), supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology under a 21st Century COE program; and "New Frontier of Education and Research in Wind Engineering" (2008-2012), funded under the ministry's Global COE program. Wind engineering holds the key to a wide range of problems related to cities, architectural structures, and global problems, including high wind hazards, heat islands, air pollution, cross winds and natural ventilation, and wind power, issues with major implications for global warming and climate change. The T.P.U. Wind Engineering Research Center has gained global recognition for its innovative research and educational work in this important field.
In this unique educational environment, the Department of Architecture is striving to nurture self-directed professionals equipped to solve problems large and small in the field of architecture and beyond. This is our mission and our goal.