The history of the Department of Building Engineering is connected with the beginning of the creation of the Faculty - i.e. to the 1st June 1967. At that time, the Section of Building Engineering and Building Materials was founded as a part of newly established Faculty of Communal Engineering.
The main organizer of the Section of Building Engineering and Building Materials and at the same time the first head was Andrzej Lech Zdzienicki. The first academic teachers of the Section were Leon Sądej and Stanisław Majka.
The first graduates of the Faculty and academic teachers - photo from December 14, 1970
In the photo, among others:
Prof. zw. dr hab. inż. Zbyszko Stojek – the first and longtime Dean of the Faculty ,
Doc. dr inż. Eugeniusz Leski – longtime Dean and Vice-Dean of the Faculty,
Doc. dr inż. arch. Andrzej Lech Zdzienicki – Vice-Dean of the Faculty and Head of the Department of Building Engineering the years: 1967 - 1983,
Mgr inż. Leon Sądej – longtime academic teacher at the Department of Building Engineering
- In 1968, the Faculty was renamed the Faculty of Civil and Municipal Engineering, and the Section of Building Engineering and Building Materials functioned within its structure until 1973. Didactic classes are conducted, laboratories are organized and equipped.
MSc. Leon Sądej conducts classes with students in the 1970s XX century
-The diplomats Zofia Chmiel and Waldemar Fąfara realized the project of the building of the municipal authorities in Frysztak and a project of the holiday center in Babica.
On the right, the supervisor Dr. eng. arch. Stanisław Majka - longtime academic teacher at the Department of Building Engineering - 1970s XX century.
In 1973, the Faculty was transformed into the Institute of Building and Environmental Engineering, and the Section of Building Engineering and Building Materials changed its name to Department of Building Engineering.
At that time, the Department is carrying out a lot of research and development works for the construction industry. Many solutions developed by the employees of the Department and its Head are awarded by the Rector and the Minister of Building Engineering.
In the years 1975 -1978, Dr. eng. arch. Andrzej Lech Zdzienicki works as a contract associate professor.
Dr. eng. arch. Andrzej Lech Zdzienicki was also the Vice-Dean of the Faculty.
During another reorganization, which took place in 1977, the name of Department of Building Engineering was changed to Department of Building.
The next reorganization at the Faculty, carried out in 1979, resulted in the merger of the Department of Building with the Department of Technology and Building Organization. The Department of Technology and Building Organization is established, headed by Dr. arch. Andrzej Lech Zdzienicki.
MSc. Leon Sądej - an academic teacher of the Department of Building Engineering - as usual smiling, cheerful and kind - among students during their internship - 1970s XX century
In 1981, the Institute was transformed into the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. All functioning organizational units remain within the structure of the Faculty.
In 1983, after retirement Dr. arch. Andrzej L. Zdzienicki, the new head of the Department was Dr. Eng. arch. Jan Chałupski, later professor of the Rzeszów University of Technology. In 1985, the reorganization takes place again - the Department of Building Engineering was separated from the Department of Technology and Building Organization, the head of the Department of Building Engineering remains Dr eng. arch. Jan Chałupski.
Not only are the existing research works continued, but also a new issue concerning the use of solar radiation energy in construction. The precursor of these considerations is MSc. Jan Kośny, who is later joined by MSc. Aleksander Starakiewicz and MSc. Lech Lichołai. At that time, the first laboratory models of collector and accumulation walls were created. These issues are developing dynamically and are continued in the following years.
In the years 1986-90, the Department conducts research within the framework of the Central Program of Fundamental Research " ENERGYHOUSE" (in poL "ENERGOBUDYNEK"), implementing the topic "Testing the effectiveness of collector-accumulative partitions and air collectors".
Realization - bricklaying the thermal storage walls for passive solar systems in the external research chambers in Department of Building Engineering - July 1988.
The results of the research are doctoral dissertations of three young scientists at that time: Jan Kośny, Lech Lichołai, and Aleksander Starakiewicz.
In 1991, another reorganization of Department of Building Engineering took place. The Department of Urban Planning and Architecture with the head of prof. assoc. dr hab. eng. arch. Jan Chałupski, while the head of the Department of Building Engineering is prof. assoc. hab. eng. Leszek Faryniak.
In September 1996, MSc Leon Sądej died - a man of great knowledge, very liked by students, kind to his colleagues, long-term academic teacher, actively teaching and at the disposal of students until the last days of his life. He spent a lot of time in the faculty reading room - a lot of people remember the figure of MSc Leon Sądej reading and browsing various scientific and engineering magazines, newspapers ... in the reading room in the H building.
In 2000 professor Leszek Faryniak retired. The head of the Department becomes prof. Lech Lichołai, who in the years 1996-2002 was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty.
XXX th anniversary of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering - September 1997,
Opening ceremony - His Magnificence Rector of the Rzeszów University of Technology with the Dean and Vice-Deans of the Faculty,
from the left: Prof. Bogusław Januszewski - Vice-Dean, Prof. Zbyszko Stojek - Dean
Prof. Stanisław Kuś - His Magnificence Rector, Dr. Lech Lichołai - Vice-Dean
At the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, the Department of Building Engineering carries out a lot of scientific and research work related to innovative material and technological solutions for the purpose of using them in energy-saving construction.
These works, which are the area of interest and activity of the employees of Department of Building Engineering are continued, expanding their scope and subject matter.
The employees of the Department: Lech Lichołai and Aleksander Starakiewicz are appointed members of the Building Physics Section of the Civil and Water Engineering Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Dean and Vice-Deans and the Dean's Office staff - December 2001,
Prof. Szczepan Woliński - Dean,
Prof. Lech Lichołai - Vice-Dean,
Prof. Janusz Rak - Vice-Dean,
Lidia Zuber - course of study for the field of environmental engineering,
Alicja Korniak - course of studies for the field of civil engineering,
Czesława Ostrowska - part-time studies,
Barbara Chudzicka - financial specialist
Zdzisława Winnik - Head of the Dean's Office
In the years 2006 - 2016 and 2019 - 2020, Dr. Aleksander Starakiewicz was the Vice-Dean of the Faculty.
After the announcement of the election results , Vice-Dean Aleksander Starakiewicz PhD, receives congratulations - September 2006
The Department of Building Engineering has had external research chambers since 2015 to conduct scientific research on the functioning of passive solar heating systems.
The Department organizes Scientific Conferences related to the broadly understood issues of sustainable construction, modern material and technological solutions in architecture, construction, engineering and environmental protection. An important topic of the Conference are issues related to the use of solar radiation energy in modern energy-saving architectural and construction solutions and other research areas.
The SOLINA 2006 Conference was organized in May 2006, the SOLINA 2008 Conference was organized in May 2008 and the SOLINA 2010 Conference was organized in May 2010. The SOLINA 2012 Conference was held at the turn of May and June 2012. In June 2014, the SOLINA 2014 Conference was organized in June 2014, and in June 2016, the SOLINA 2016 Conference was held. In June 2018 Department of Building Engineering organized the SOLINA 2018 Conference.
Conference participants SOLINA 2006 - 17 - 20 May 2006
Conference participants SOLINA 2008 - 28 - 31 May 2008
Conference participants SOLINA 2010 - 26 - 29 May 2010
Conference participants SOLINA 2012 - 30 May - 02 June 2012
Conference participants SOLINA 2014 - 03 - 07 June 2014
Conference participants SOLINA 2016 - 21 - 25 June 2016
Conference participants SOLINA 2018 - 19 - 23 June 2018
The results of scientific and research works carried out in the Department of Building Engineering are obtained doctoral degrees in technical sciences by the research staff of the Department.
Przemysław Miąsik PhD - April 13, 2011
Bernardeta Dębska PhD - September 23, 2013
Jerzy Szyszka PhD - February 17, 2015
Michał Musiał PhD - June 03, 2020