the department of architecture at the University of Nairobi offers a two year post graduate Master of Architecture programme.
The master of Architucture programme comprises coursework, studio projects, examination and thesis.
Master of Architecture - objectives
The objectives of the course is the advancement of the discipline of architecture in order to create a physical environment that enhances the quality of and harmony of human habit.
The programme will offer qualified graduates the opportunity to gain further education and experience in design and research in the selected areas of specialisation in Architecture.
Specialisation is offered in the following areas:
Architectural Design, Environmental Building Science, Building Technology, Landscape Design, Urban Design
Holder of a first degree in Architecture of at least Upper Second Class standing or its equivalent, conferred by the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognised University of Nairobi Senate.
Master of Architecture - course content
The curriculum shall consist, in the first year of project based studio units dealing with design topics of an advance nature, supported by input lectures, seminars, and field work.
In the first semester each candidate will attend four common theory courses and during the Second semester five common theory courses selected from any of an applied studio design, drawn from the selected area of specialisation.
In the first year, theory courses shall be examined by written examination papers and course work, while applied design studio shall be examined by course work.
The curriculum will be concluded in the second year with a design project or with a written thesis related to the selected area of specialisation, according to the curriculum.
The purpose of the design project is to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate capacity to master advanced design techniques in the selected area of specialisation.
The student must demonstrate full awareness of the current “state of the art” and advanced professional skills in the selected area of specialisation.
Work on the design project will start at the end of the first year of study and will last 12 months. In evaluating the design project, primary emphasis will be placed on the quality of design thinking and depth of solution to specific aspects of the design, rather than on quantity of materials produced.
However the deisgn project must be well documented and shall consist of drawings, at least one complete model, a project report and any other relevant illustrations which are necessary to the presentation and the comprehension of the design.
The purpose of the thesis is to give the student an opportunity to pursue issues and to reason coherently about the selected area of specialisation matters, with a clear mastery of the scientific procedures. The student must demonstrate full awareness of the current “state of the art” in the selected areas of specialisation and proficiency for independent research in the writing of his/her Thesis.
Work on the thesis will start at the end of the first year of study.
In evaluating the thesis, primary emphasis will be placed on quality and originality, rather than on length. The candidate will be required to produce a well documented thesis not more than 500,000 words in length, which must be original and must offer some contribution to the current knowledge in the selected area of specialisation.