Urban Planning & Design

Headed by: Mr. Charles D. Karisa

Urban Planning and Design Thematic Area

This thematic area underscores the role of urban planning and design as discourses in urbanism and the translation of such sensibility in relation to human settlements and development dynamics. The focus is both on the intangible (software) and tangible (hardware) dimensions of the city, paying special attention to African and developing world’s experiences, especially those facing transition to new forms and meanings in the 21st century and beyond. The Urban Planning and Design area of specialization aims at broadening the scope of the urban planner for effective engagement with other professionals in the built environment.  This will strengthen the link between training, professional practice, and the built environment industry.


1. BUR 302 Elements of Building Designs &Development
2. BUR 306 Urban Designs & Site Planning
3. BUR 312 Urban Planning Studio II
4. BUR 313 Urban Planning Studio
5. BUR 502 Planning Principles and Techniques
6. BUR 512 Urban Planning Studio
7. BUR 100 Economics for Planners
8. BUR 504 Land Use Determinants
9. BUR 615 Management Techniques for Planners II


Ongoing Projects

  • Mukuru Kwa Njenga  Planning Studio

Photo: Mukuru Kwa Reuben Project and Focus Group

Focus Group on Mukuru Kwa Reuben

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Urban and Regional Planning can find employment  in NGO's, County Governments, Central Governments UN Bodies- UNCRD, UNEP, UN-Habitat, Parastatals – Nairobi County Council (NCC), Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), ENNDA, Ministry of Housing, Physical Planning Departments, National Lands Commission (NLC), Regional Development Authority and Water and Sewerage Companies under the Water Act.