The Department of Architecture at NCKU is the first to offer architectural bachelor degree in Taiwan. Over past 70 years, the NCKU Architecture is committed to cultivate future leaders of Architecture/Engineering/Construction industries. We have 6 researching groups in a variety of academic fields.
The Design Research Group takes "Design" as the core, supported by architectural theory, digital tools, digital fabrication, and design creativity. The group introduces advanced research topics, in support of future architects with both critical design thinking and hands-on tools for architectural design experiments. The combination of theory and methods, design tools and experimental operations, and international design workshops will enhance design talents with capability to face the future challenges in architecture.
Courses in the discipline combine theory and practice, design and fabrication, and thinking and experimentation. The theory and practice courses focus on architectural criticism and analysis of contemporary architectural practice. The design computing and fabrication courses focus on the logic of architecture, algorithms & computer programming, and digital tools. The thinking and experimentation courses focus on the independent explorative ability for forward-looking research topics. Design and research are two basic, yet complementary, capabilities in this group.
The curriculum is centered on creative design projects supported by digital tools and fabrication. The scale of design projects ranges from space, buildings, cities, materials, digital tools, interface design, etc. The research topics cover parametric design, digital fabrication, design computation theory, sustainable and smart cities, circular economy, artificial intelligence, and building information modeling.
The Architectural and Environmental Planning Group welcomes students from different backgrounds who are interested in urban design and related studies. Course range from the teaching of theory, methods and history of environmental planning to practical and specialized studies. The training concentrates on strengthening students’ capability for effective environment analysis, professional communication, project evaluation. Both teaching and research concern theoretical reasoning and real-world situations.
This group was originally named the Architectural History and Theory Group, and it was built on the fundamental disciplinary differences between the studies of architectural history and theories and the design of architecture. In 1994, it was separated from the design group. The basic teaching goals are cultivating personnel of expertise in architectural history and theories, improving knowledge in cultural heritage conservation theories and practice of people who work in the architecture industry, and enhancing connection between architectural history, cultural heritage conservation theories and the discipline of architectural design.
This group is currently led by Professor Emeritus Sun Chuan-Wen, Professor Emeritus Min-Fu Hsu, Professor Emeritus Fu Chao-Ching, Associate Professor Wu Ping-Sheng, Assistant Professor Huang En-Yu, and Assistant Professor Sung Li-Wen. In addition to architectural history and conservation courses taught by fulltime and part-time teachers, there are also other courses jointly opened by other groups (such as architecture structure, urban design, and building construction courses), aiming provide a comprehensive and in-depth courses of architectural history and conservation for students of master’s and doctor’s classes.
The research results, whether independently or jointly achieved by this group over the years mainly include the studying and planning of historical architecture investigation, research, and repair and protection; the general investigation of ancient heritage and historical architecture; the construction records of ancient heritage repair and protection projects; the studies of ancient heritage and historical architecture repair theories and techniques; the studies of the settlement history in Taiwan; the research and planning of historical street conservation and integrated community building cases; the study of the architectural history during Taiwan’s Japanese rule; and the study of Taiwan’s traditional architecture history, etc. In recent years, the research areas have also been focused on digital archives of cultural heritage and conservation of world cultural heritage.
The Architectural Structure Group was established in 1989. This group provides advanced knowledge in building structure and research training in structural engineering. The goal of the curriculum is to equip the future architects with a sound knowledge base of structural engineering and the future engineers with fundamental knowledge and design skill of architecture.
The research topics of this group are focused on seismic assessment and retrofit for structural and non-structural elements in steel, reinforced concrete, and confined masonry buildings. Related areas such as timber structure, disaster mitigation, and CO2 emission of structural materials are also included.
Positivist approaches, such as on-site investigation, large-scale experiments, and in-site tests are the major research methods used in the Architectural Structure Group. We also value the practical application of mechanical theorems on realistic projects. Two well-equipped structural laboratories, one in the Department of Architecture and another in the Tainan Laboratory of NCREE, are available to assist our researches via static and dynamic experiments.
The target of Architectural Engineering Group is to cultivate the professional talents with tectonic mindset and building technology. In terms of research and teaching, the disciplines comprise building production, building construction, new material and technology, management, life cycle assessment and building renovation. The subject spectrum covers the conservation for old buildings and development for modern technologies.
Currently, the Architectural Engineering Group is composed of three faculties, including associate professor Chen-Yu Chen, assistant professor Shih-Hung Yang and Yu-Hsiang Yeh. In addition to the relevant lectures supervising tasks, the faculties carry out a variety of research projects sponsored by MOST, ABRI and BoCH in the Ministry of Culture. The topics of the research projects consist of 1) renew construction of exterior walls, 2) waterproofing of green roof, 3) compound façade system, 4) building element diagnostics, 5) long-term repair and maintenance, 6) non-glued laminated timber element and 7) rotation behaviour of timber joint.
Meanwhile, the Architectural Engineering Group executed a series of research projects based on the laboratory for building materials in our department as well as the equipment for building performance in Guei-Ren Campus of NCKU. The purpose of the research is to estimate and ensure the performance of building constructions. With regard to the curriculum, the postgraduate students are encouraged to take not only the majors of Architectural Engineering Group but also the alternative lectures of other groups. This contributes to multi-disciplinary study for the students. By means of lectures, workshops and research projects, the doctoral and master students can improve their research ability and increase the capability of dealing with building construction and practice.
The research topics in this group include building physics, environmental control systems, and environmental programming. The scale of issues from indoor environmental quality to urban climate are considered for achieving a comfort, healthy, low-carbon, energy-saving, and ecological built-environment.
There are four laboratories in this research group, including Siraya, BC Lab. and SBED Lab. The faculties are always working on international research projects, and had participated in a lot of research projects for the government, including the certification program of green building, green building material, and low-carbon building.