Although fifty years have passed since the Department of Environmental Design was born at the same time as the founding of the School of Design, its concept has not been outdated. It is becoming more important as a counterpart for the present issues such as globalization, natural disasters and reconstruction, energy problems, and aged society.
The Department of Environmental Design belongs to the School of Design, but the name "School of Design" does not mean that the subjects dealt with are "design" but represents that it is approaching from the viewpoint of design to the subject. The "design" here is to do a plan to work on or change the object for intended purpose.
There are currently five departments in the School of Design, and these are classified according to the concept that is the center of the design object and overlaps each other. The word "environment" used in the Department of Environmental Design is a concept that refers to everything that surrounds (mainly) people. Environment may be classified broadly into three aspects namely, the natural environment, built environment, and social environment. As such, the Department of Environmental Design is a place where you learn comprehensively, with all three aspects in mind, what is needed to ‘design’ the actual existing environment as best as it can be.
For this purpose, we mainly prepare classes of design exercises in relation with various classes and events. I hope everyone, following the footsteps of graduates and seniors of the Department of Environmental Design, will be involved in environmental design based on one’s own interests and problem consciousness, and achieve a wonderful future.