We are a great school of architecture, spatial planning, urban design and development, landscape, interior, and heritage studies. We rely on great minds and an environment that embraces, and is inspired by technology, and art as the key drivers to modern learning. SASP has positively evolved over the last eight years. This is as a result of the ground on which we are based and that is accorded by the strong history of technology, and the manpower of The Technical University of Kenya from its molding since the 1960s as the Kenya Polytechnic.
SASP VISION We continue to prepare our students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better place. SASP is and will continue to be a place where approaches to studying built-environment related issues are driven by research on current design and social issues. In 2019-2020 our research and studio projects have had strong focus on water and forestry urbanism, and ecology. The concern for urban rivers as critical sub-systems in urban areas, the informal sector, the COVID 19 pandemic in human habitats and economic activities design and operations. In the next five years, we aim to be a prominent intellectual and creative center for effective engagement in fulfilling the needs of a world that is increasingly demanding better human habitats, and places planned and designed to offer visual aesthetics and sensual environmental comfort. We will ensure that our students develop skills that are obtained from a sound education and training. They shall also develop competencies that are essential for success and leadership in the emerging creative yet unprecedented world.
ACADEMICS We offer academic programs in the built environment allowing students to undertake interdisciplinary courses for modern and technologically “right” architecture, urban and regional planning, urban design, landscape architecture and planning, interior and heritage studies. We are well linked with well-known schools of architecture and planning in world-class universities. This has enabled the training of young minds to learn from well-informed scholarly and professional environments. Our students are involved in a strong Industrial Based Learning (IBL) programme during their studies, and they engage in collaborative research through joint inter-university studio projects. The graduates are therefore able to work in the real world cases to solve real-life problems, and they are well sought after by industry after graduation. At SASP we have no gender barriers as in the last few years our top students have been female, with SASP providing a female Graduation Valedictorian for the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment in 2019.
EDUCATIONAL APPROACH We aim to fulfill the TU-K mission by equipping the students with hands-on skills while applying modern technology to solve real-life problems in the built environment. Our curriculum focuses on and engages with critical contemporary issues. Our design and proposal thinking prioritizes designing systems, buildings, and environments that are centered on improving the quality of life and well-being of people. At the same time we at SASP embrace technology as the driver of the modern built environment, while noting that art and the social tenets are our guiding history.
We have staff and students who apply relevant, and modern technologies like Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing and Computer Aided Design (CAD) to conduct research on various interdisciplinary and contemporary areas such as:
Water and Forests Urbanism
Informal settlements and urban housing
Informal markets improvements in COVID 19 pandemic period