Course of the Week- Bachelor of Architecture

Architecture generally has to do with planning and designing form, space and ambiance to reflect functional, technical, social, environmental and aesthetic considerations. It requires the creative manipulation and coordination of materials and technology, and of light and shadow.

Architecture is about the making of places where people spend their lives. Architects are not just concerned with the exterior and interior design of a building, but the environment as a whole. Architecture is mostly about human beings living in a better way than before, so to speak.

It gives you opportunities to showcase your creativity and ingenuity while designing structures. If you’re the kind of person who likes to work with his or her hands, then this is the right profession for you. Even as a student of Architecture, you get to work on real-life problems of designing functional buildings.

Members of Vision Future, a group of Bachelor of Architecture students from left Emmanuel, Reinier, Diana,Dickson and Felix with their creative design work
Members of Vision Future, a group of Bachelor of Architecture students who were 1st runners up at the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK) 2015 “Konza Innovation Hub and Park Design Competition ” From left Emmanuel, Reinier, Diana, Dickson and Felix with their creative design work

Bachelor of Architecture is offered by our School of Architecture and Building Sciences (SABS) which was established in February 2000 to bring together disciplines related to the built and Natural environment.

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Bachelor of Architecture is offered in JKUAT as a Two-Tier Degree program comprising Bachelor of Architectural Technology four (4) years http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/departments/architecture/?page_id=291 and subsequent two (2) years Master degree in Architecture (Professional) http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/departments/architecture/?page_id=296

To qualify for a Bachelor of Architectural Technology, the minimum entry requirements are: KCSE mean grade of B- (minus) and at least a C+ (plus) in Maths, Physics, History/Geography/CRE and Biology/Chemistry.

http://www.jkuat.ac.ke/departments/architecture/?page_id=300

The program combines industrial attachment and applied research to boost theoretical input. It also relies on studio experience to promote direct exploration of ideas and development of creative thinking through visual means.

Upon completion of the 4 years, holders of Bachelor of Architectural Technology can take up the following career paths among many others:

  • They can work as assistants to registered Architects, Project Managers, Contractors, etc.
  • They can work in project implementation teams.
  • They can apply for the Master Degree in Architecture (Professional) to become eligible for registration as Architects
  • The can pursue other professional degrees in design-related fields such as interior design, product design as well as Architectural Conservation
  • They can apply for M.Phil programs in Design related fields.

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