Transcultural Dialogues in Modern Japanese Architecture

Course Type: Lecture
Study Focus: VMC
Term: Spring

Teacher: Lauri KITSNIK

Course Code: JK11003

What is modern Japanese architecture and when did it begin? How were ideas coming from abroad domesticated and further expanded?


To what extent is modern architecture in Japan informed by traditional building styles and materials? How has the relationship between architecture and nature been understood and
elaborated? What characterises the works of several Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architects? These are some of the questions this course hopes to address by looking at the dialogues and developments in modern architecture as they took place in Japan during the past century. A number of research trips taken around Kyoto to observe key buildings form an integral part of the learning process.


Course Information

Module: Focus 1 – Foundations
CATS Requirements: MA 1st year or above

Day/Period: Mon/2
Location: Sem. 11
Credits: 2


Course Goals

The students will 1) gain knowledge on the historical development of modern Japanese architecture and its major architects; 2) learn to relate the above developments to transcultural dialogues taking place within a global context; 3) become familiar with approaches for studying architecture with an opportunity to apply these on their own future research projects; 4) acquire skills for historical and comparative analysis of
architecture; 5) extend their abilities to summarise past scholarship in oral presentation, and communicate their own original arguments in classroom discussion and writing.

Course Schedule and Evaluation

For a detailed course schedule, please visit KULASIS or the PandA eLearning platform.

Evaluation is based on individual presentation (40%), participation in classroom discussion (40%), and final essay (20%).