KAZAN STATE UNIVERSITY OF ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING
OUR ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH CENTERS
CENTER "STRENGTH" / PROCHNOST’
On January 25, 2016 the Research and Academic Center "Strength" was opened at our University with participation of the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov. The Center was founded to introduce scientific and innovative methods of designing building structures into the educational process, conducting experimental research work on request of the construction industry and integrating the educational process with industry. The Center is equipped with modern laboratory equipment.
The Center "Strength" is a laboratory for testing elements of building structures, as well as determining the mechanical properties of various materials. Testing equipment is represented by five test machines with different loading capacity from 0.5 to 200 tons, as well as a temperature test system. designed for testing samples of various materials at high and low temperatures on tensile testing machines.
On November 16, 2016 our University celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Kazan School of Architecture. To celebrate the half-century anniversary we opened a new creative platform - the Architectural and Aacademic space “BFFT.space”. It was designed according to the project of our academic staff-architects Ilnar and Reseda Akhtyamovs, with the support of the Ministry of Construction, Architecture and Housing Services of the Republic of Tatarstan and the leadership of KSUAE. This space has a lecture hall for 150 people, an exhibition hall, creative studios for students - halls for design work, model and carpentry workshops equipped with special equipment, a library and a dining room.
The BFFT.space is a space to carry out the experimental design by our architecture students, to organize exhibitions, to give master classes, lectures, seminars with participation of national and international experts in the field of architecture and design, urban planning and preservation of architectural heritage. Under the guidance of our staff Ilnar and Reseda Akhtyamovs our students win different prestigious international competitions.
The Center for Engineering Systems in Construction "SYSTEMS" was established at KSUAE in October 2018. The Center combines educational and research competencies for training personnel in the following areas: "Heat and gas supply, ventilation, water supply and drainage of buildings, structures and settlements", "Housing and communal infrastructure", as well as for vocational retraining of personnel in the field of construction and housing and communal services. The Center has created an infrastructure for scientific and technical support of new developments and projects in energy efficient engineering systems. With the support of our industry partners - equipment manufacturers and dealers, the Center is equipped with modern laboratory stands for lectures and workshops, with the systems ensuring the functioning of the laboratory itself, as well as samples for studying the latest technologies in heating, air conditioning, gas supply, water supply and sanitation, much attention is paid to renewable energy sources and computer modeling technologies.
The Center conducts computer modeling of aerohydrodynamics in engineering systems in order to improve existing and develop new energy-efficient elements of heating, ventilation and air purification systems.
In October 2019, a new academic and research center for building materials and technologies "Technology" was opened. The modern Center, equipped with new equipment for a wide range of research activities, has appeared on the site of the old laboratory of the Department for Technology of Building Materials, Products and Structures. This Center was opened on the initiative of the University authorities and with the participation of academic staff and students.
The center solves the following tasks:- Carrying out laboratory work and scientific research in the field of obtaining and modifying building materials based on mineral, bitumen and polymer matrices and binders; - Implementation of research results in the technology of production of building materials, products and structures; - Certification tests of construction products of Tatarstan and regions of the Russian Federation; - Conducting seminars, meetings, scientific conferences and other events in order to popularize the scientific achievements of the departments of KSUAE and implement their results at the enterprises of the construction complex of the Republic of Tatarstan and other regions of the Russian Federation; - Development of business contacts with organizations in the field of introduction of modern building materials and technologies.
At the beginning of 2020 the innovative academic and research Center "Roads" was opened with the aim to learn the latest developments in the field of road construction and the experience of their implementation nowadays.
The activities of the Center are aimed at solving the following tasks: - Training and retraining of highly qualified personnel within the framework of basic educational programs and additional professional education for the road transport industry; - Scientific and innovative support of the road transport industry, including in solving the urgent problems of the region to create economical access roads to rural settlements using local mineral materials and industrial waste; development of modified local road building materials in order to reduce the import of durable crushed stone, cement and metal; improving the quality and service life of road bituminous binders, asphalt concrete, subgrades and pavements through the accelerated introduction of innovations and the development of a regulatory framework; - Development of a scientific school and world-class knowledge in the field of durability and predicting the properties of road and bridge materials and structures using unique technologies.
Children’s Architecture and Design School “DASHKA”
The Children’s Architecture and Design School “DASHKA” is designated for additional general education for children and pre-university architectural education. The aim of the School is to develop volumetric-spatial, imaginative, compositional thinking, visual skills using various graphic and pictorial materials and techniques, the ability to model in a layout, broadening horizons in the field of art history and architecture, musical aesthetics.
The educational process of the School “DASHKA” is divided into three age levels:
- "Studio" for junior level (from 5 to 10 years old),
- "School” for middle level (from 11 to 15 years old),
- “College” for senior level (from 16 to 17 years old).
According to the same division principle the School has organized areas: dressing room, classrooms, a coworking space, a library, an exhibition hall, recreation areas, venues for cultural events, there is a studio for adults, as well as animation, 3D modeling and audio-visual art studios.
The number of students in recent years has reached 1100 - 1200. More than 600 children who graduated School are currently studying at the Institute of Architecture and Design of our University. Among the graduates of the School there are many successful architects and designers of the Republic of Tatarstan, winners of all-Russian and international competitions, students of Russian, European and Canadian universities.
There is also a Sunday amateur studio for adults.
Admission to the groups of middle age level is based on the results of entrance examinations. Almost everyone is admitted to the junior and middle age levels, and everyone is given the opportunity to start practicing at any age.
In the last year of study, to demonstrate their skills and abilities, the alumni of middle age level fulfill a graduation project, and those ones of senior age level - diploma projects. For these projects the graduates of middle and senior age levels get appropriate certificates.
Every year the School actively participates in different children's competitions, exhibitions and festivals of architecture and design.
The School indoor and outdoor spaces were renovated in 2020.
This Academic, Research and Design Center for territorial and spatial development of cities "Urban Planning" was implemented in spring 2021 with active participation of project leaders - Head and professors of the Department of Urban Planning and Planning of Rural Areas and under supervision of the Director of our Institute of Architecture and Design.
The new space will help to improve the quality of training and will become a powerful attraction point for creative ideas and innovative projects.
The Urban Planning Center is based on the concept of practice-oriented education: the Center houses the Department of Urban Planning and Planning of Rural Settlements and the Interra Research and Design Center. The space-planning solution is based on the image of an urban agglomeration - three classrooms are compactly located in the space of the center: Naberezhnye Chelny, Almetyevsk and Nizhnekamsk, the Kazan multifunctional center and the Zelenodolsk technical center. Corridors perform the function of a kind of intercity communication transit, equipped with a navigation system. The entrance areas to the main premises are decorated with decorative elements depicting fragments of master plans. All classrooms are made in a single stylistic solution, the key element in the interior is the master plan of the city, corresponding to the name of the classroom.
The Center “Digital” was created with the aim to combine project approaches of engineering and construction and architectural and design directions of education. This was supposed to be done using BIM technologies, shared software. In the process, ideas arose about creating a platform for discussions, lectures and meetings, holding workshops and participating in joint competition projects for students from different areas of study. That is, such a center should play a unifying role in the training of architects and engineers.
The authors of the project concept were the students-architects of our University!
The main idea of the spatial solution was based on the visual contrast ratio in the perception of classrooms and open spaces laid down by the new planning solution. The digital nature of the events taking place in the center presupposed the maximum concentration of the attention of visitors and participants of events on computer monitors and screens, from where the information was supposed to come. In this regard, a neutral dark background of the environment was used, at the same time, it implies elements of orientation in space: light inscriptions, contrasting navigation stripes and lighting, both general and locally directed. The computer classes were supposed to function as ordinary classrooms for conducting classes. Therefore, the project proposed a functional division of zones using the transformation of partitions, and visual connectivity and safety conditions were solved by glazing.
Lighting has become an important aspect in the design of the Center. It was intended to make maximum use of natural light in the classrooms and minimum - in the central presentation area. The intermediate corridor aisles received combined lighting from the glazed doorways of the auditoriums and artificial linear lamps. The color scheme of the audiences was selected based on their orientation to the cardinal points. The east-facing audiences were resolved in a neutral-cold scale, the auditorium on the northern facade of the building received a warm color of decoration. Architect students implemented the complex print of the auditoriums.
CENTER "HERITAGE / MIRAS"
The Research and Academic Center for Architectural Restoration "Heritage/Miras" was established to train personnel and provide scientific and methodological support for objects of restoration and preservation of historical heritage. Training is conducted on both traditional and innovative technologies of architectural restoration, including the use of digital methods and equipment.
The three-level space of the Center houses a multifunctional hall, a design workshop, a library of scientific and methodological literature on restoration, a laboratory for complex scientific research, and a restoration workshop. The complex scientific research laboratory uses innovative methods of work using digital equipment: 3D laser scanning, online monitoring of the parameters of the physical state of objects using radio and Internet data transmission systems in remote access. In the workshop of restoration technologies, practical work is carried out with various restoration materials: wood, metal, stone, etc.
The Research and Academic Center "Architectural Physics" / "Archi-physics" was launched in 2022 to develop the competencies of future architects in designing a comfortable environment for human life. The Center consists of experimental and design laboratories based on digital technologies. The laboratories are equipped with unique equipment that can be used to study the microclimate of the premises and the external environment, the protection of premises from electromagnetic study, the light transmission, water and air permeability of window structures and their optical properties, the protection of enclosing structures from external and internal noise, and the acoustic characteristics of the premises.
The Center includes two scientific and educational centers - "Geotechnics" and "Construction".
In the center "Geotechnics" there is a testing room for models of bases and foundations, as well as laboratories for soil preparation and mechanics. The center is equipped with modern instruments and equipment. This allows solving scientific, innovative and applied problems related to the reliable operation of foundation structures in difficult geotechnical conditions.
In the Construction Center there is a number of laboratories. In particular, conditions have been created here for studying modern systems of heat, hydro and sound insulation, systems of facade structures, formwork systems, concreting technologies, digital technologies are being effectively introduced in construction, there is a training model of a construction site, etc.