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  • Locations: All, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring
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  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Auburn University Faculty-Led Program College/School: College of Architecture, Design and Construction
Department: Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Hotel Click here for a definition of this term AU Faculty Leader(s): Il Kim,
Majors Eligible: Architecture Majors Click here for a definition of this term Student Level: SR-Senior
Click here for a definition of this term Undergraduate GPA Requirement: 2.8 Attendance Requirement: 100% Attendance Is Required
Physical/Environmental Considerations: Extensive walking, Stairs, Walk/Use Local Transportation
Program Description:

Architecture in Japan


The impact of architecture and design of Japan since the middle of the nineteenth century is enormous. Their concepts/theories, methodologies, and execution techniques, however, are often misunderstood or superficially appreciated and copied. This seminar investigates the cultural and historical background of Japanese architecture (and design in general) in order first to better understand it and then to clarify why it has been highly regarded worldwide within the context of modernism, in what aspects it is unique, and how we can extrapolate future design possibilities from it. Other design fields, such as graphic design, industrial design, fashion, and film will be also scrutinized.

This is a heavy reading and writing intensive course offered to 4th & 5th year students who have taken most or all architectural history requirements. Students who are eager to learn many different ways of “conceiving architecture” are encouraged to register for this course.

This program requires extensive walking including; stairs, unpaved streets/paths, and elevation changes. Public transportation and ADA accessible sidewalks are not common. Participants should be able to navigate bus and train transportation, extensive walking, and stairs.


Students must be in good standing at Auburn University
Students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA


Spring 2020 (tentative):

  • 08 January 2020: Departure Date
  • 09 January 2020: Date course begins
  • 18 January 2020: Return to the U.S.


This course is tied to ARCH 5110 - 5th year studio. 


The estimated cost of this program is approximately $3,300, but could deviate from this slightly. Please contact the Faculty Director for more information regarding program cost.


If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.


  • U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
  • Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements


Please contact Il Kim ( for more information.

This program is currently not accepting applications.