Position: Lecturer
Department: Urban and Regional Planning
Contact Address: P.O. Box 59385 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya

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Mr. James Wanyoike is a lecturer at the Department of Spatial Planning and Urban Management, School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Kenyatta University. He is a Spatial Planner with a vast working experience on spatial data modelling and analysis for urban and regional planning. This encompasses the preparation of site plans, zonal plans, and integrated regional development plans. He has a special bias on the use of geographical information systems and visualization technologies in Spatial Planning. James holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s degree in the same field from the University of Nairobi.

He previously worked at the University of Nairobi as an instructor and also as a researcher at the Centre for Urban Research and Innovations (CURI). His private practice includes consultancies at Prolak Designs, Architects, and Managers. He has also worked on various community planning projects with an array of community based organizations, non-governmental organizations, and county governments such as the Ford Foundation, UN-Habitat, International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Slum Dwellers International (SDI), Muungano Support Trust (MUST), and Kiambu County Government.


• 2015, Community Planning and GIS training in Brazil: Social Cartography of Traditional Peoples and Communities in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Brazil Ford Foundation
• 2015, Kenya National Stakeholders’ Urban Workshop: “Promoting Inclusive Growth of Cities in Kenya” Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, African Urban Research Initiative & CURI
• 2014 - 2015 UN-Habitat Urban Mapping Project: Mapping out of 10 selected cities across the globe UN-Habitat, CURI
• 2013 - 2015 IDRC Project: Mukuru settlement profiling and slum upgrading International Development Research Centre (IDRC) & CURI
• 2013 Conference Proceedings: Approaches to Informal Settlement Upgrading Rockefeller Foundation & CURI
• 2012 - 2013 Kiandutu Settlement Profiling, Thika, Kenya Association of African Planning Schools & CURI
• 2012 Thika Sub-county profiling and preparation of the zonal plan report Ministry of Physical Planning, Thika Municipality
• 2011 – 2012 Mathare Zonal Plan studio Slum Dwellers International & CURI
• 2008 Mabatini Informal Settlement Upgrading Project Slum Dwellers International & CURI