The University of Nairobi, Bachelor of Architectural Studies/Bachelor of Architecture is a two-tier degree programme that has architectural design as its central discipline.
The course structure provides for an intermediate degree, the Bachelor of Architectural Studies (BA.S.), after four years of study and a professional degree Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch) after six years.
Minimum Entry Requirements
To qualify for consideration into the Bachelor of Arts degree programme at the University of Nairobi, a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, holder must have an overall mean grade of C+ and a minimum of C+ in each of the 4 cluster subjects below.
Geography or Social Education and Ethics or History and Government or Christian Religious Education.
Chemistry or Biology or Art and Design or Music or Music or Business Studies.
A Level Candidate; To qualify for the Bachelor of Architectre Degree programme at the University of Nairobi, an A-level candidate must have attained two prinicpal passes in Mathematics and any of the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Art and Design and a Credit pass in English language at KCE or equivalent examination.
Diploma candidates must have attained a KNEC Diploma in Architecture, Building Construction or related fields with a credit Pass or equivalent.
Degree Holders: Candidates must have attained a degree from a recognised university in :- Land Economics, Building Economics, Design, Civil Engineering, Surveying, Urban and Regional Planning or any other relevant degree.
The Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Nairobi, aims to equip the student to comprehend the environmental context of their society, the physical, behavioural, perceptual as well as sensory needs of man, the nature and needs of man's institutions and to evaluate and sensitise these understandings, synthesising them into design solutions of built forms.
The projects chosen and inputs given are directly related to the Kenyan context.
Architectural design which is the core of the course consists of architectural design studio, architectural graphics and communication, basic design, art, photography and computer aided design. In depth studies in Interior design. Landscape design and Architectural Conservation are available electives.
The first two years of the course at the University of Nairobi delivers the basic knowledge of architecture through lecturer inputs focused on the core areas of the discipline and an enhanced studio featuring the basic design skills and communication techniques. These years lead to explorations of the design process.
The third and fourth years of study of the Bachelor of Architecture Degree programme at the University of Nairobi focus on the consolidation of this knowledge with more complex design problems and exposure of students to projects of human institutions in rural, peri-urban and urban situations.
Students also get a chance to pick an elective stream and study in greater detail the areas of Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Architectural Conservation. Each student is then required to submit a design project at the end of the fourth year.
The fifth and sixth years of study of the Bachelor of Architecture Degree programme at the University of Nairobi are focused on preparing the students for a career in architectural practice.
After a series of theory units geared to this goal, the student is required to prepare and submit a project paper and design project in area of his/her choice approved by the Department.