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Dr. Collins S. Makunda is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya, in the Department of Art and Design, which is domiciled in the Faculty of Built Environment and Design, Architecture Design and Development (ADD) Building. He has a PhD from The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO), Oslo, Norway. In his doctoral studies, he investigated the dynamics of housing transformation in Nairobi and its consequences for the sustainability of the city and its inhabitants in the context of an expanding African Middle Class. He also has Masters degrees in City Planning (MCP) from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.) and in Interior Architecture (MIARC) from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR, U.S.A) as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Design (BA-Design) from the University of Nairobi (Nairobi, Kenya). With his multi-disciplinary design background, he is keenly interested in the theoretical, pedagogical and praxis aspects of design not only as object and process but also in its spatial expression at both the interior and urban scales. His central academic, professional and research focus is on the nexus of design, social, cultural, and human factors; and the ways in which these interactions can foster creative solutions that not only address pressing societal problems but also lead to sustainable outcomes and a better quality of life in the built environment.

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