Mae-lab is a laboratory that focuses on;

– Green building design, and Renewable energy in buildings
– Computed environmental design

We pay lots of attention to the early stages of the design process, where the environmental design impacts on energy saving and building quality are at peak, while it cost the minimum, compared to the advanced design stage

Source: Patrick MacLeamy AIA/HOK


Applicants are expected to have;

  • Strong passion to study
  • Good experience of doing research and excellent knowledge of building physics.
  • Very good skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD), and fair knowledge on environmental simulation tools and programming.
  • Good English proficiency (Indispensable) / Japanese  (Desirable)


Notes For “Researchers” applicants before entering post-grad courses
There are many applicants for our lab but we have limited number of seats, we have to select the from the application list.
Please provide us with the appropriate material that describes your skills the best, the basic items are listed below. Documents must be provided in 2 months before the Department application deadline. (check the   for the applications deadline).
On the first week after the department deadline, we will send the selection results for ALL applicants.

  1. Academic Certificates and transcripts,
  2. English and Japanese tests score,
  3. Portfolio of your architectural design,
  4. Certificate on CAD skills, building simulation, and programming,
  5. Summary of Research activity.


Expected knowledge before entering Mael-ab as post-grad students
Accepted “research” students will take an entrance exam, then they can start pursuing their postgraduate degree.

Before commencing the degree and changing from ” research” to “regular MSc/Ph.D.” student, you are expected to gain enough knowledge on environmental and sustainable design fundamentals. we have a list of a “must-read books” in both English and Japanese. Students are expected to read with deep understanding, at least, one of these books.
Moreover, You are expected to gain good knowledge about CAD and BEM tools like Revit, FormIt, IES-VE, Design Builder, Energy-Plus, Radiance, and so forth.

A must read book list

How Buildings Work


This book covers all aspect of the building physics. Many chapters have been spared for passive design.Very attractive drawing. Very understandable.





Introduction to Architectural Science


This is a very key and fundamental book that all students need to read. and focus on one of these two main chapters,

Part1 HEAT: the thermal environment
Part2 LIGHT: the luminous environment





Building performance simulation for design and operation


There are some books referring to the energy simulation.
This book is one of best.







About Japanese skills
There are many foreign students in Mae-lab and It is possible for you to carry out research without Japanese skill. But it will restrict your activity, and you miss a lot.
Besides, in some cases, you might be required to do primary procedures in Japanese. Your colleagues are usually so busy and finding support and translations is not always available. Therefore, having basic knowledge of Japanese is quite essential. In the “Japanese Language Proficiency Test”, You are required to get N4 levels at least.

>>> JLPT Japanese Language Proficiency Test; levels and dates)

If you want to join research projects activity with other Japanese students, N2 level will be required. Then you are strongly recommended to read “必読書(日本語)(Japanese) must read books below;


最新建築環境工学 改訂4版(井上書院)
環境工学の基礎がおおむね網羅された必携書。特に 1章概論・2章快適条件・3章日照日射・5章換気と通風・6章建築電熱は完全に理解してください。その後に、7章湿気結露・4章照明計画を学んでください。ただし設備の記述は少ないので、建築物理の基礎を学ぶための本です。




デザイナーのための建築環境計画 ~熱・日射・光・風~ (丸善出版)