Brief History

Welcome  to the Department  of Urban and Regional Planning, Pioneer and Leading Training Institution in Spatial Planning in the East African Region.

ISAAC KARANJA MWANGIB.Sc. (Hons), M. A. (Planning) (Nairobi), PhD (Planning),  Chairman, Department of Urban & Regional Planning

The Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Nairobi provides both undergraduate and postgraduate professional training in Urban and Regional Planning.  It was established in 1971.  Since then, the department has trained most of the urban and regional Planners in Kenya and has also trained for Eastern and Southern African countries. 

 

 

Previous Chairmen

  Name Year
1.

 

Prof.  A. Subakrishna

1971-1982
2.

Mr. Zachariah Maleche

1982-1990
3.

Prof. Elijah Ndegwa 

1991-1994
4.

Prof. George Ngugi

1995-1997
5.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Samuel Obiero

1997-1999
6.

Dr. Jason Mochache

2000-2002
7.

Prof. Peter Ngau

2002-2009
8.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Samuel Obiero

2009-2015
9.

ISAAC KARANJA MWANGI

April 2015

Milestones

1971/72 Diploma in Rural, Urban and Regional Planning

1972/73 Diploma in Rural, Urban and Regional Planning

1973/74 Master of Arts(Planning)

1974/75 Master of Arts (Planning)

2002/2003 Bachelor of Arts (Planning)

 

Major Colloborations/Links

Year Research
1973/78 DANIDA Project
1986 - 1990 British Government/ British Council
1990 - 1995 Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) - York University
2006/2007 Columbia University - Ruiru  Development Plan
2009 - Todate Rockfeller Foundation - Urban Innovation Project

While most of the trained planners have joined their countries' respective ministries as physical planners, many of the planners have found their way into Universities, International Organizations and NGOs, whose development activities focus on urban and regional planning, the management of the natural and the built environment and community development.