Inappropriateness of Current Kitchen Designs for Urban Dwellers in Uganda: A closer study of the current designs of existing flats and a wide range of individual residential houses indicate mostly westernised layout plans of the kitchen area. This attitude goes back to the colonial era when the best town houses were designed and built by the colonialists to suit their own intentions; Designs for Africans, Asians and Europeans were different. This was segregation whereby the races were treated separately. The tastes and cultural needs of the indigenous, African peoples were never considered and lifestyles were imposed on them. However, to some extent, an effort was made in designs for African quarters to try to make them adapt to the type of life the people were living. It was, and still is believed that in order to be modern, one has to think, talk and live like a westerner while in one or another one downplaying the traditional, cultural way of life. Inevitably this mindset is very much with us to date. Kitchen Designs for Urban Dwellers in Uganda: Culture is constantly changing but the cultural roots within a given group cannot easily done away with. One may call it a conflict of cultural values but the question is: Where does one draw the line to differentiate culture from modernity? Rural immigrants into the urban areas in Uganda slowly transform into urban dwellers and gradually change their original, indeginous ways of living. The setting for this thesis paper is the urban areas of Uganda Organisation of space for kitchen designs is crucial, given the nature of all the activities, which take place there. Urban areas in Uganda have been inter-tribal in composition, thus intercultural. This trend is more obvious on the international scene when one looks at the bigger picture. With time the impact of such a trend is felt more. Modernity Theory: The theoretical framework is hinged mainly on the modernity theory. This revolves around such conceptual reflections as modernism, modernisation and globalisation. Some studies have already been done on kitchen models and designs. This is being studied as well as other literature on theory. The author of this thesis will endeavour to cover areas of the topic, which have not yet been done. Kitchen spatial layouts cannot be studied in isolation without looking into the types of stoves in use, as well as availability and use of energy. Culture is very dynamic and this thesis will explore the concept further with its transnational connections. Gender issues also play a big role in relation to determining spatial layouts and cannot, therefore, be overlooked. Most women in particular spend most of their working time in the kitchen. Therefore such an area needs to be carefully looked into in relation to health, social and architectural qualities, among others. Objectives: The research aims to create improved new kitchen designs with the cultural and modern needs of the present-day urban dweller in Uganda. This will be achieved through the following sub-objectives: 1.Identification of some kitchen designs in traditional housing in Uganda and their relevance in as far as fuel, food ingredients and cultural meaning are concerned. 2.Investigation of the ways in which traditional food is stored, prepared and served. 3.Study of selected representative designs of domestic kitchens, which are already built, and in use in some urban areas in Uganda. Interviews with users will be conducted. 4.Development of some models and layout designs 5.Identification of energy saving technologies Methodology: Looking at a wide range of cases, the case study methodology will be used. The aim is to use this effective research method in order to collect, assimilate and evaluate the relevant data. Both qualitative and quantitative research methods will be used. A full laboratory test of the kitchen design will be made as an attempt to illustrate the recommendations of the research thesis. The Internet will be used as well as a tool for information search for relevant books and journals. In order to assess the performance of various kitchens, interviews will be conducted with a wide range of users and other stakeholders bearing in mind the bottom-up concept. Research Program: Currently the state of development for the thesis has not advanced far. Theoretical framework has already commenced in the form of coursework taken as lectures, seminars and various discussions at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden. The author is currently planning for fieldwork, which will take place later this year. Relevant literature on the topic is being reviewed and a pilot study is underway. Information is gathered by photographing, measuring and documenting data on selected cases in Uganda. A number of cases in the urban areas depict kitchen designs that contradict and contrast with the actual day-to-day use. The findings are, therefore, expected to be both very exciting and informative. As research work progresses and information is gathered, work will be more stream lined and more focused in the right direction.