The Housing Research and Development Unit (HRDU)
The Building Science component of the Department of Architecture and Building Science of the University of Nairobi first came into existence in 1967 as The Housing Research and Development Unit (HRDU). It was the result of recommendations of the U.N. report on Housing in Kenya, prepared by C. Abrams and Bloomberg in 1965. After evaluating the recommendations arising from the study the Government of Kenya produced Sessional Paper No. 5 of 1966/7 on Housing in which a section stated Government interest in research and education to get the greatest number of houses built at the cheapest cost possible, research into building techniques and construction cost being of utmost importance. Thus in the development plan 1966-70, which was geared to institution building, the Government established the HRDU at the University to undertake research on various aspects of low-cost housing and community planning in both urban and rural areas.