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Department of Architecture

The Department of Architecture was established in 2005. It is set up to meet the increasing demands of professionals in architecture and urbanism in East and Southeast Asia. Our students are not trained to just be architects but architects who are capable of improving people’s life quality sustainably.
The Department consists of a bachelor’s and a master’s degree programs. Located in Kinmen, NQU is surrounded by traditional settlements, military engineering, historical buildings as well as diverse sociology, anthropology and zoology. The special geographic location of Kinmen provides our students and faculty with enriched theoretical and practical perspectives for them to experiment with the theories, and practice their spatial, construction, technological or social ideas. Except for public and private sectors, the Department has also cooperats and co-organizes academic events with architectural professionals all around the globe. The regular events include co-lectures and co-organized design workshops with Xiamen University for juniors. Meanwhile, there are also annual workshops and seminars we co-organize with architectural architects, managers, consultants, and government employees from Australia, New Zeeland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, and the Czech Republic. The seminars focus on the means of urban regeneration and heritage conservation, which is also a part of the master’s degree program. At the moment, the faculty is establishing broader connections with the universities in Korea and Malaysia. During the five years of study, all of the courses our students take revolve around one specific course-Design Studio, which meets the needs the students of integrated utilization of the other four major modules: Engineering, Sustainability, Urbanism, and Humanity.

The Engineering Module includes courses such as Mechanics, Strength of Materials, Construction, and Structure. The Sustainability Module includes Ecological System, Physical Environment of Architecture, Environmental Controls, Energy Efficiency, and Ecological Architecture. The Urbanism Module consists of courses such as Cultural Landscape, Site Planning, Urban Plans, Participatory Planning, Settlement Conservation, Regional Plans, Urban Regeneration, and Urban Design. The Humanity Module includes courses such as World Architecture, Modern History of Architecture, Traditional Language of Architecture, the Criticism on the East Asian Architecture, Architecture Program, Social Duties, Cultural and Heritage Conservation, Historical Building Preservation, and Cultural Creativity. Professional training in drafting, sketching, measuring and drawing, CADs, and GIS are also provided for our students. With the rigorous professional training, many of our students have been admitted to the world-leading graduate programs upon graduation.

The Master’s Degree Program focuses on heritage conservation, energy and hazard control, and planning and design. All lecturers in these fields have earned their PhDs in England, the U.S., Germany, Japan or Taiwan. They are always open for different challenges in architectural research. Postgraduate students are awarded the degree for their design in conceptual architecture, their buildings built in towns, and their results in energy experiments, their coordination with public sectors, and their studies in every aspect of architecture, i.e., sociological spaces, anthropological concepts, histories, policies, planning.

Master‘s graduates are expected to be future architecture experts with exceptional perspectives.Some of them have already been employed by the public sectors, such as the Department of Economics, the Public Works Department, and the Cultural Affairs Bureaus. Others work for elementary or middle schools. Our bachelor graduates, on the other hand, are trained to be professionals in the construction business, architecture firms (together with interior design) specialized in heritage restoration and repairing, cultural industries, and any other professionals that involved creative thinking. Through national examinations, the alumnus can practice as qualified architects, interior designers, urban planners, landscape architects, heritage managers, or be government employees.
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