History of Architecture

The architectural history program teaches and conducts research on historical structures and methods for their preservation, continuation, and rejuvenation. Combining the methods of traditional history and architectural history, our academics and students investigate buildings and urban landscapes within their historical, social, religious, and political contexts. Through research on the culture and history of space, including the architecture and cities of Japan and the world, we seek to understand the ideal environment in which people, societies, and nature are balanced in harmony.

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Academic Staff


Professor (Graduate School of Engineering)

Research Topics

  • Study about the relations of Buddhism architecture and religion thought, the social background of the Japanese ancient times and the Middle Ages
  • Reconstruction study of the Japanese architecture


Room 401, Bldg. C2, Katsura Campus
TEL: +81-75-383-2932
FAX: +81-75-383-2932
E-mail: tomishima@archi.kyoto-u.ac.jp


Associate Professor (Graduate School of Engineering)

Research Topics

  • History of religious space in the Middle Ages and early modern times of Japan, especially about Japanese pilgrimage
  • History of political space in the early modern period of Japan, especially the samurai land of Edo
  • Graphical description of the history of Japanese urban space


Room 402, Bldg. C2, Katsura Campus
TEL: +81-75-383-2933
FAX: +81-75-383-2933
E-mail: iwamoto.kaoru@archi.kyoto-u.ac.jp