Founded in 1956, the Department of Architecture and Building Science 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.

    At the undergraduate level, the Department offers a six-year Bachelor of Architecture course leading to the degree of B.Arch. At the postgraduate level, the Department offers a Master of Architecture program which began in 1992. This postgraduate programme offers qualified graduates the opportunity to gain further education and experience in design and research in selected areas of specialization in Architecture.  Furthermore, the Department offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture. The doctoral programme trains candidates to conduct original research on the basis of a written thesis or design portfolio.

    Philosophy of the Programme

    The Doctoral programme’s philosophy is in line with the University’s which is to provide leadership and stewardship as well as to give hope and faith to the Kenyan society so that graduates can excel in whatever they choose to do with passion, moral responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism.

    This is further deepened by the Department’s philosophy which is based on commitment to the search for authentic Architecture through promotion of a sustainable environment with the pursuit of excellence in order to meet the needs of the built environment at the local, regional and global levels.

    In pursuing this philosophy, the Department expects that doctoral candidates shall undertake research that explores design and its capacity to create innovations that advance the quality and understanding of the built environment.


    Rationale OF THE PROGRAMME

    The Department offers the Three-year Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture Programme which comprises a written thesis or design portfolio.

    Guided by market surveys, needs and stakeholders’ assessments, this programme is tailored to nurture and inspire Doctoral graduates to meet the needs of the Kenyan, East African region as well as the global built environment.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Research in architecture basically incorporates a wide-ranging and diverse field. The Doctoral programme will therefore offer candidates an opportunity to gain further education and experience in selected areas of specialization in Architecture.

    Specialization will therefore be offered in the following areas:

    1. Architectural Design
    2. Environmental Building Science
    3. Building Technology
    4. Landscape Design
    5. Urban Design

    The research inquiries will be carried out under the supervision of a supervisor who is a recognized specialist in the relevant field.

    OBJECTIVES of the Programme

    The programme aims to further equip candidates with research and design skills that empower them to address challenges within the built environment.

    As such, the objectives of the programme are: -

    1. To advance design techniques as well as professional skills in the candidate’s selected area of specialization.
    2. To develop the candidate’s ability to think critically as well as reason coherently concerning matters regarding the selected area of specialization with a clear mastery of scientific procedures. 
    3. To expose the candidate to the current “state of art” in their selected area of specialization and develop their ability to undertake independent research in thesis writing or in the design portfolio,

    Mode of Delivery

    The programme shall be delivered through Face-to-Face mode, Open, Distance and e-Learning Mode and through Blended Learning which involves an appropriate mixture of face-to-face and ODeL modes of delivery.

    Schedule of intakes


    contacts of Support Persons


    Telephone: +254-020-491 3519,

    P.O Box 30197-00100, Nairobi

    Email: architecture@uonbi.ac.ke

    Located at ADD Building, along State House Road, Opp. YMCA

    Notable Alumni

    Notable alumni of the programme include:

    1. Prof. Robert Rukwaro, currently a lecturer in the department.
    2. Dr. Yusuf Ebrahim, currently a lecturer in the department.
    3. Josephine Malonza, currently a Lecturer in University of Rwanda, Kigali.
    4. Dr. Kassim Omar, currently a lecturer in the department.
    5. Dr. Peter Makchia, currently a lecturer in Technical University of Kenya.




    3 years


    The common regulations for the Doctoral degrees in all Faculties of the University of Nairobi shall be applicable.  The following shall be eligible for registration for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture:

        1. A holder of the Master of Architecture degree conferred from the University of Nairobi or any other University/Institution recognised by Senate as being of comparable academic status.


    There shall be one intake every academic year and this shall be at the beginning of the academic year.

    credit Transfer and Exemptions

    1. There shall be no credit transfer in the Doctoral programme in Architecture
    2. There shall be no exemptions in the Doctoral programme in Architecture

    Application Information

    You will be required to enter some basic information, including your email address and to choose a password. We will then send you an email to the address you entered, so that we can validate your account. When you have clicked on the validation link (sent to you in the email), you will be able to log in to the application system using the "Login" box below

    For instructions on how to apply click here


    Career Prospects and Opportunities

    PhD candidates pursue doctorates out of interest as well as passion for a particular subject. Career-driven motivations also include desiring to become an expert in a certain specialization due to the vast knowledge gained in the particular area. This equips doctoral graduates with skills that enable them to become engaged in multi-disciplinary environments bearing in mind the diversity within the built environment field wherein architecture is practiced.

    In addition, the doctoral graduate acquires skills which are highly useful for enhancing the architectural profession through project and self-management, communication as well as presentation abilities, leadership and teamwork.

    With opportunities provided by the devolution as enshrined in the 2010 Constitution of Kenya, a Doctor of Philosophy graduate in Architecture can become engaged in the private sector as an architectural, project management consultant; in the public sector as an architect, an urban manager, in academia, in multinational as well as local organizations engaged in the building industry, as an NGO technical specialist, development practitioner as well as technical advisor.


    Attachment opportunities

    • Attachment in Policy development in the built environment with both National and County Government  and international organizations
       YEAR 1   YEAR 2   YEAR 3    TOTALS 
    TUITION            528,000             528,000         528,000            1,584,000
    ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR)                7,000                 7,000             7,000                 21,000
    THESIS EXAMINATION                     -                        -             50,000                 50,000
    REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250)                4,500                 4,500             4,500                 13,500
    ID CARD ( PER YEAR)                1,000                 1,000             1,000                   3,000
    CAUTION - (ONCE)                5,000                      -                     -                     5,000
    MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR)                6,500                 6,500             6,500                 19,500
    ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR)                2,000                 2,000             2,000                   6,000
    LIBRARY (PER YEAR)                5,000                 5,000             5,000                 15,000
    STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR)                1,000                 1,000             1,000                   3,000
    Grand TOTAL            560,000             555,000         605,000            1,720,000


    Exam Regulations

    Exam Regulations

    The Doctor of Philosophy degree shall be carried out by research as recommended by the School of the Built Environment Board and the Board of Postgraduate Studies and approved by Senate.