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Department History

The department has a long history and was the first architectural department established in Taiwan. Its establishment can be traced back to 1912 (Taisheng 1), the Industrial College era, so in 1915 (Taisheng 4), there were the first graduates of the Department of Architecture, for the construction industry in Taiwan at that time nurtured countless talents. After Taiwan's recovery, the former Taipei Technical School was transformed into the Taipei Institute of Technology, and the Department of Architecture was attached to the "Architecture Section" under the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Industrial Design in 1963 and 1966, respectively, until 1987 (R.O.C. 76) when it became independent as the Department of Architecture and Design, and then the Department of Architecture after the school was transformed into the Taipei Institute of Technology and Taipei University of Technology. For more than 100 years, it has been the cornerstone of the architectural industry in Taiwan today.

Development Direction

As the most typical metropolitan university in Taiwan, NUST has an obvious advantage of being connected to the industry. In recent years, with the development of the concept of environmental sustainability, urban, ecological, and energy-saving issues have attracted much attention. In particular, the trend of globalization and internationalization has shaped a more open environment for higher technical education in Taiwan. As a member of the global village, and in response to the global trend, the department integrates the concepts of sustainable environment, design practice, and digital technology, emphasizing the integration of learning and application (industry-academia cooperation), and continues to implement international exchanges to cultivate the next generation of outstanding architectural talents.

Course Features

1. Sustainable Environment: Focus on healthy environment, urban regeneration, cultural preservation, and sustainable development of community building.

2. Cross-disciplinary integration: Introduce urban, landscape, ecology, and environmental professions.

3. Architectural Design Core Curriculum: Implement the ability to integrate architecture and architectural design.

4. Engineering Practice: Lectures are taught by invited teachers, emphasizing construction practice, technical practice, and off-campus internship.

5. Digital Technology: Emphasis on digital applications, new media, and new technology.

6. International Exchange: Encourage international students, exchange students, visiting scholars, and cross-country research projects and other cooperative ventures.

7. Career Connections: To enhance problem solving, professional knowledge and technical skills, and to dynamically respond to the needs of industry professionals.