Brief History 1956-1963
Founded in 1956, the Department of Architecture was at first the only Department of the Faculty of Architecture, which later became the Faculty of Art and Architecture of the Royal Technical College of East Africa. In these early days the Qualifying examinations were those of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The East African Institute of Architects (E.A.I.A) kept watch kept watching control in terms of ensuring appropriate professional standards. At the time the establishment and growth of the Faculty library also played a very big role of great importance
A public exhibition of the work of the students in the Faculty was held in June 1960, in the memorial Hall, Nairobi. A public lecture by Arch. Richard Hughes, ARBA was given at the exhibition. The exhibition was attended by 1496 visitors including school children. In 1963, when the Royal College, Nairobi was founded. The Department established its first ever degree course, entry to which was accepted at “O” level. This development was followed by the introduction, for “A” Level candidates of the two degree structure. Bachelor of Arts in Architectural studies and Master of Architecture. Students in the Department exhibited at the International Union of Architects Congress held in Cuba from 27th September to 14th October, 1963. PW Brian Waldock and six students from the Department travelled to Cuba to attend the Congress.