Message from the Chair: Architecture and interior design Dept
The Department of Architecture & Interrior Design at Kenyatta University (KU) is where architects are developed to become global citizens in a transdciplinary nature. It is where art, science, and industry converge and new futures unfold. At KU architecture we forecast on the distinct cultural heritage that we are so blessed to inherit, the environmental complexities and integration of technologies. We explore the full range of what architecture offers, from ‘barefoot’ techniques to the more complex ones using Building Management Information systems. Sustainability is our core agenda and we strive to achieve it in the environmental, organizational, creative and financial development sectors.
The Department was officially inaugurated in February 2016 and the goal of its undergraduate program is to make students familiar with and curious about engagement in and production of space in the built environment through historical, critical reflection, technical, design and social dimensions. The possibilities open to graduates in the program are broad, and this will challenge the department to locate areas that are common to various aspects of the discipline as a formulation of the core introductory courses, and then to offer at the advanced level a set of “branches” of study, each of which should inspire and prepare students to pursue a future endeavour. Acceptance into strong graduate architecture programs requires a high level of proficiency in the core areas of the curriculum. The curriculum exposes students to five aspects of architecture and the broader field of environmental design: The Language of Architecture, The History and Theory of Architecture, The Humanistic Applications of Architecture, The Science and Technology of Architecture, Research Methods.
At KU, architecture is an academic pursuit which involves learning by making and by experiencing the palpable realities of designing and building. After going through this robust 6 year – two tier education, our graduates will have engaged in the rewarding art and science of architecture and will be exceedingly well prepared to contribute to practice and the profession, teaching or further study.