|Degree Code:||MARCH||Degree Name:||MASTER IN ARCHITECTURE|
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The Department runs a two-tier degree programme ultimately leading to the qualification needed to register as an architect. The programme has a 4 year part that earns the Bachelor of Architectural Studies(B.A.S.) and a further 2 years leading to Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch). The B.A.S. degree opens up a number of career paths but only graduates of B. Arch can register as Architects as per the relevant laws.
REGULATIONS, CURRICULUM AND SYLLABUS
The Department of Architecture offers a two year Postgraduate Master of Architecture Programme. The programme comprises coursework, studio projects, examination and thesis.
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Admission Requirements for Masters of Architectural Studies:
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|BAR 701||Introductory Applied Design Studio||135||View Description|
Introductory Applied Design Studio Description
The projects will involve the evaluation of brief, site and contextual
analysis, conceptualization of the nature of the project, development of
ordering principles suited to the project, and efficient response to
environmental criteria. Effective communication of the project, if
possible with the use of advanced design technologies, will be stressed.
|BAR 703||Theory Of Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
Theory Of Design Description
Design as a process and its interaction with other arts and sciences.
The role of the designer in society as synthesizer of socio-economic
factors, functions and form. Contextual and user analysis, to design
development and synthesis, evaluation of objectives and strategies, use
of research materials and team work methods.
|BAR 705||Research Methods||45||View Description|
Research Methods Description
Quantitative and qualitative research methods, up to Multiple
Regression and corresponding test level. Mathematical and statistical
methods, experimental and qualitative methods library and literature
searches, field measurement, interviews and questionnaires.
Comparative evaluation. Needs assessments management strategies,
monitoring and evaluation of programme implementation and impact.
Use of computer for data documentation and analysis as a research tool
|BAR 707||Human Settlements||45 Hrs||View Description|
Human Settlements Description
Human settlements, historic evaluation, typology and infrastructure
with emphasis on developments in Kenya. The traditional structure.
Dynamics initiating change. The concept of environmental management and recent international experience. Land use control and planning. Land use regulations, purposes and implementation.
Local and regional land use objectives.
|BAR 709||The Human Factor In Environmental Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
The Human Factor In Environmental Design Description
Personal and societal environment values. The psychological functions
of the urban and rural environments and theories of man environment relations. Relationship between social and institutional functions and
environments. Environments for special populations, social form and
housing form, personal and societal values in design and the impact of
social policy on human settlements.
|BAR 700||Applied Design Studio||135 Hrs||View Description|
Applied Design Studio Description
Advanced studio projects on: housing, mixed urban development,institutional building design, etc... Preparation of brief, development of
concept, comprehensive design work, detailed building design .
All scales of building design: from site planning to schematic design, to
interior and detailed design. Presentation drawings, working drawing,
|BAR 702||Building Types||45 Hrs||View Description|
Building Types Description
Functional and circulation principles, space dimensioning, relationships
form/functions, technical systems in relationship to specific building
types: commercial, industrial, health, educational and research,
administrative, religious, cultural, recreational and sporting,
|BAR 704||Community Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
Community Design Description
Outline of Community Design process: political sociological, economic
and technological issues, environmental surveys, methods of
community participation, problem identification, goal formulation,
alternatives generation and implementation techniques. Public, co-operative and private housing and related facilities, origin of squatterand slum settlements clearance and up-grading. Case - studies both in urban and rural areas.
|BAR 706||Design For Conservation||45 Hrs||View Description|
Design For Conservation Description
The notion of conservation: aesthetic, technical and historical
aspects. Examples and experiences of conservation. The planning and design process for conservation. Details of the existing innovative zoning techniques. Laws and ordinances
regarding the preservation of historic buildings, sites and districts.
Short- and long-term implementation and funding implications. regional case studies.
|BAR 708||History Of Architecture And Regional Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
History Of Architecture And Regional Design Description
African vernacular architecture in the rural and urban context,
directions of contemporary world architecture. Notion of
Regionalism in contemporary architecture, with particular
reference to the East African context.
Methodological approach to critical analysis of architectural
form, structure, thought and ideas. Subject formulated around and changes in architecture society
|BAR 710||Real Estate Studies||45 Hrs||View Description|
Real Estate Studies Description
Ownership patterns and current interests in land. Land
Mortgages and probate administration. Property
management in relation to social, political, economic, physical
and locational aspects. Studies of property markets.
Leasing agreements, rent collections, insurance maintenance and other obligations, feasibilty studies
|BAR 764||Landscape Plants And Horticulture||45 Hrs||View Description|
Landscape Plants And Horticulture Description
Plant, design qualities and process of selecting plant materials.
Indentification of plants and their horticultural factors, including the
structure and function of horticultural plants. Plant growth and form,
site climate and soil. Other aspects include: preparation of ground for
new planting; maintenance and care of plants; choice of species;
herbicides and landscape maintenance; plant pests, diseases and
conservation. Natural ecosystems.
|W70||Management Practice||45 Hrs||View Description|
Management Practice Description
Principles of management. Major schools
of management thought. The environment (context) of management.
The field of management and the task of the manager.
The management process, planning and decision making. Organizing, organizational structure, authority, division of work,
delegation, groups in organizations, managing organizational change.
Leading motivation and performance.
Communications. Management of information systems. In
formation for organizational control.
Budgeting and financing. Controlling, financial and budget controls. Programming techniques. Contemporary issues in ma
nagement and management in Africa.
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|BAR 726||Luminous Environment||45 Hrs||View Description|
Luminous Environment Description
Aspects of natural and artificial illumination. Incandescent and
|BAR 728||History Of Regional Environmental Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
History Of Regional Environmental Design Description
Traditional methods of environmental control in various zones of East
Africa, the choice of materials,
planning patterns, construction methods
and social response to the environment.
The impact of moderntechnology and life styles.
|BAR 730||Environmental Building Economics||45 Hrs||View Description|
Environmental Building Economics Description
Relative cost and environmental performance of building materials.
Energy requirements in buildings and the relative economy of energy
sources such as wood, charcoal, coal, coke, petroleum, electricity,
solar and wind energy and bio-gas. Short term versus long term economies
|BAR 740||Applied Design Studio In Building Technology||135 Hrs||View Description|
Applied Design Studio In Building Technology Description
The studio projects will focus on the expressive and correct application
of materials and associated technologies to a given design problem.
The scope shall range from innovative use of traditional materials and
technologies to the adoption of latest global technologies to the East African context
|BAR 742||Theory Of Structures||45 Hrs||View Description|
Theory Of Structures Description
Critical review of prevailing structural systems.
of the structure as a whole, with emphasis on tall buildings. Innovative technologies to increase efficiency and encourage self-helpconstruction. Standardization,
prefabrication and the application of space frame, tensile and shell design principles to concrete, timber and steel structures
|BAR 744||Building Technologies And Materials||45 Hrs||View Description|
Building Technologies And Materials Description
Critical review of physical and chemical properties of traditional
building materials and related construction methods.
Technical requirements availability and quality control of contemporary materials,
the evolution of the construction industry in East Africa and its standard
of organization and technology.
|BAR 746||Building Systems||45 Hrs||View Description|
Building Systems Description
Prevailing building subsystems, industrially produced building components, modularization and details of design. Integrated building systems and prefabrication methods in timber, concrete and steel.
|BAR 748||History Of Building Technologies||45 Hrs||View Description|
History Of Building Technologies Description
The impact of technology on architecture. The development of building science from traditional construction to scientific structural design, the introduction of steel and concrete, new materials and the industrialization of building. Advanced environmental design.
|BAR 750||Building Economics||45 Hrs||View Description|
Building Economics Description
The various cost components operative in the building industry.
The interaction of labour and material costs and methods of optimization of
construction costs through the introduction of appropriate technologies
based upon economic analysis.
Factors governing productivity in
building, introduction to cost-benefit analysis.
Relationship between design parametres and costs,
with regard to size,height, shape, perimeter and floor area of buildings. Choice of sites and their acquisition. Financial feasibility studies of proposed projects.
The finance of building in the public and private sectors.
|BAR 760||Applied Design Studio In Landscape Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
Applied Design Studio In Landscape Design Description
Advanced studio; design investigation, landscape design and
construction detailing of projects ranging from residential to public scale.
Problems related to plant selection, comprehensive analysis of
programme, users characteristics, region, site construction details and
form alternation. Studio project emphasizes planting design.
|BAR 762||Site Planning||45 Hrs||View Description|
Site Planning Description
Site planning: basis of the site plan, information needed for preparation
of site plan, site factors, users’ factors, costs, maintenance timing,
elements of the plan and translation of basic information into landscape
plan. Site survey and analysis: data collection, site survey,
presentation and analysis of information. Environmental impact Assessment. Environmental policies.
|BAR 766||Structural Design And Landscape Engineering||45 Hrs||View Description|
Structural Design And Landscape Engineering Description
Structural and construction details of: walls for enclosure; fences and railings;
bollards; seats and sitting areas; plant containers; lamps and
lighting; litter bins; signs and signboards.
Earthwork and ground modeling, natural factors in design
and planning: ground shapes, site physiology and maintenance of
vegetation; grading principles and methods, cut and fill, and surface drainage.
General interpretation of physical and natural processes in land planning;
use of inventories in geology, soils and vegetation,
hydrology. Climate and wildlife.
|BAR 768||History & Theory Of Landscape Architecture||45 Hrs||View Description|
History & Theory Of Landscape Architecture Description
The origin of landscape architecture:
Far Eastern landscape ideas, Islamic gardens and Renaissance gardens of Europe. Modern Landscape design: the English Landscape School and other
contemporary experiences of landscape design.
Principles of landscape planning, design and development; landscape
design and development; landscape design of private and public open
spaces and campuses. Kenyan landscape design.
|BAR 770||Land Economic||45||View Description|
Land Economic Description
Urban and rural land values in a free market. Location theory, land
values and land use. Land use control and public policies affecting
the land market. Introduction to social cost-benefit analysis.
Macro-economics problems. Selected application of economic methods;
theory of rural-urban migration; economics of land reform.
Development economics, policy and planning.
|BAR 782||Urban Planning||45 Hrs||View Description|
Urban Planning Description
Principles and methods of urban planning. Urban land use policies,
planning. Development control. Urban infrastructure programmes.
Urban public facilities programmes: educational, health, recreational
|BAR 784||Theory Of Urban Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
Theory Of Urban Design Description
Comprehension of the city in perceptional terms: the overall “image of
the city” as concretized by urban elements (paths, edges, districts,
nodes landmarks). Patterns of urban form (linear, grid, concentric,
radial satellite). Elements of urban form: streets, squares, monuments
and urban fabric regarded in their historic development and utility
significance (“the architecture of the city”).
of urban form: group-form, compositional form, megastructure. Visual analysis of
urban form, town scape and aesthetics; aspects of urban design.
|BAR 786||History Of Urban Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
History Of Urban Design Description
Introduction to the concept of “city”, the Greek ‘Polis’. The city
during the Hellenistic, Roman, Medieval, Renaisseance, Baroque and
Neoclassical age. The Islamic City. The colonial city, with particular
regard to the African context. The contemporary metropolis.
|BAR 788||Urban Sociology And Community Development||45 Hrs||View Description|
Urban Sociology And Community Development Description
Concepts of society, social structure, social systems, social institutions.
Influence of traditional social and economic institutions on
development and change. Social aspects of development, social policy,
social services systems and their co-ordination in urban and metropolitan areas
|BAR 790||Urban Economics||45 Hrs||View Description|
Urban Economics Description
Economics of Urbanization; Location of Economic Activity and the
location of cities, The system of cities and the urban hierarchy; Site
Rent, Land-Use Pattern and the Form of the City-Residential ,
Commercial and Industrial Land Use. Externalities and zoning; Urban
Economic Base and Economic Policy; Economic Policy; Economics of
city size; Economics of Urban Transportation; Urbanization & Poverty;
Problems of Urban Housing; The Metropolitan Public Sector -
Functions, Growth. Revenues; Growth of Cities.
Economics of urbanization. Location of economic activity and the cities.
The system of the cities and the urban hierarchy.
Site rent, land-use patterns and the form of the city.
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|BAR 801/802||Design Project||540||View Description|
Design Project Description
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|BAR 780||Applied Design Studio In Urban Design||45 Hrs||View Description|
Applied Design Studio In Urban Design Description
Design within the existing urban fabric: Urban renewal, shopping
centres, cultural and institutional centres, urban squares, market
complexes, transport nodes and facilities, industrial estates.
Projects within urban conservation areas.
Design of new urban entities: new towns, rural urban centres, new
settlements, new neighbourhoods.
Design projects will include problem identification, goal formulation,
alternatives generation, implementation techniques, design guidelines
|BAR 802/803||Thesis||540||View Description|
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