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Tuskegee’s architecture, design programs form partnership with Asian universities

April 05, 2019

Michael Tullier, APR, Office of Cummunications, Public Relations and Marketing

TU faculty stand with international partners in front of the Booker T. Washington statue
Partnership group in front of BTW monument.

Tuskegee University’s Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science has established an expanded academic partnership with universities in Japan and Indonesia. The newest element of this collaboration will lead to a global, online pilot course focused on environmentally responsive architecture and design.

In February, the school hosted a delegation of faculty and graduate students from Japan’s Kagoshima University to finalize the concept, which also will include Diponegoro University in Indonesia. 

The pilot, online course — which builds on design workshops between Kagoshima and Tuskegee held in Japan in 2013 and 2015 — will focus on environmentally responsive architecture and design, as well as the potential for offering innovative solutions to developmental issues in each campus location. Through the course, students from each institution will interact online with their global counterparts, as well as travel periodically to the other campuses to participate in design charrettes.

The pilot project and course, which are scheduled to run through 2023, represent one of eight partnerships funded by Kagoshima University in support of collaborative learning between Asian and U.S. universities. Roderick Fluker, AIA, an associate professor of architecture and construction science, will serve as Tuskegee’s project coordinator.

Kagoshima Visitors:
Faculty Coordinators: Junne Kikata, Kwang-hyun Park, and Bo Causer
Graduate Architecture Students:  Rina Hashiguchi and Yoshiki Uemura

Group Photo (l to r):
Mr. Kwesi Daniels, Dr. Rhonda Collier, Dr. Kwang-hyun Park, Dr. Roberta Troy, Mr. Yoshiki Uemura, Ms. Rina Hashiguchi, Ms. Bo Causer, Dr. Junne Kikata, Mr. Roderick Fluker, and Dr. Carla Jackson Bell

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