The history of the Zielona Góra as an academic center began in June 1965 when the Council of Ministers established the Yuri Gagarin Higher School of Engineering in Zielona Gora. The Faculty of Civil Engineering was founded just three years later – on 1 October 1968, being the third faculty of the newly established university. The first dean was Tadeusz Maszkiewicz Doct. Ph.D. Eng. Arch., and the group of founders of the Faculty also included: Jan Kąkolewski Ph.D., Romuald Wołk-Lewonowicz M.Sc.. Eng. Arch., Anna Mazurkiewicz M.Sc. Eng., Edward Budniak M.Sc. Eng., Władysław Sulisławski M.Sc. Eng., Józef Gil M.Sc. Eng. and Jerzy Milewski M.Sc. Eng. The education of students majoring in civil engineering began in the academic year 1968/1969, when 62 students were accepted for the full time course, 32 for the evening course and 41 for the part time course. The course comprised general construction engineering. In the early years of its existence the Faculty was greatly aided by the Polish Association of Construction Engineers and Technicians and by the Zielona Góra Construction Engineering Association, and some classes were conducted with the help of their resources.
Initially the Faculty was only entitled to educate engineers. In the years 1968-1972 the foundations of the Faculty were laid. During that period the academic staff was employed and developed, laboratories were organized and syllabi and scripts were prepared. In June 1972 32 diplomas in civil engineering were given to graduates from full time courses. In 1976 the Faculty started full-time M.Sc. courses in civil engineering with a specialization in Construction Technology and Organization. A year later, by the decision of the Minister of Science and Higher Education, the Faculty of Civil Engineering was transformed into the Institute of Civil Engineering (with faculty prerogatives). In 1978 the Ministry gave its consent to start a second specialization, important in the construction industry, – Building and Engineering Structures.
On 2 October 1975, at the inauguration of the academic year 1975-1976, Prof. Stanislaw T. Kołaczkowski gave a lecture entitled “The Tasks of Environmental Engineering”, which explained the need for and purpose of creating the subject: environmental engineering at the Higher School of Engineering. Shortly thereafter a team consisting of Prof. S. Kołaczkowski, M. Graczyk M.Sc. Eng., Z. Lewicki M.Sc. Eng. and M. Przetocki M.Sc.. Eng. was established, which began to prepare the diploma course in environmental engineering. In 1977 the Minister of Science, Higher Education and Technology granted permission to start courses in environmental engineering beginning with the academic year 1977-1978. Twenty five students started education in this subject with a specialization in water supply and waste and sewage disposal. The first organizational unit associated with the new field of study was the Department of Water Supply and Waste and Sewage Disposal. The staff in charge of environmental engineering consisted of: Prof. S. Kołaczkowski, S. Gogolewski Doct., J. Kuźniar Doct., K. Appelt Doct., J. Bernasiński Ph.D., M. Graczyk Ph.D. (first doctoral graduate 30 June 1978), J. Kolasa Ph.D., M. Gąsiorek Ph.D. and I. Wrobel Ph.D. By the end of 1980 another group of professors (A. Solski, J. Kuczynski), docents (H. Greinert, S. Orlewicz) and doctors (M. Drab, Jędrczak A. and A. Nowak) had joined the Environmental Engineering staff.
Under the amended law on higher education in the academic year 1981/1982 the University was reorganized, resulting in a return to the faculty structure. At that time the Faculty of Civil and Sanitary Engineering was created within which the Institute of Civil Engineering and the Institute of Sanitary Engineering were established (01.10.1982 r.). In June 1982 the first graduates in environmental engineering received diplomas of Master of Science.
On 2 October 1984, in addition to the existing institutes: the Institute of Construction Organization and Technology and the Institute of Sanitary Engineering, a third institute was established at the Faculty – the Institute of Engineering Structures. Mikołaj Kłapoć Doct. Ph.D. Eng. was appointed as dean.
On 30 July 1987, the Faculty obtained the right to award the doctoral title in technical sciences in the discipline: construction. In 1989 the first defense of a doctoral thesis took place.
On June 1991 the Faculty of Civil and Sanitary Engineering changed its organizational structure and was divided into departments. The Faculty consisted of: the Department of Engineering Structures, the Department of Structural Mechanics, the Department of Architecture, the Department of Geodesy and Geotechnics, the Department of General Civil Engineering, the Department of Construction Technology and Organization, the Department of Water, Sewage and Wastes, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Sanitary Networks and Systems. The heads of the Faculty were: Stanisław Pryputniewicz Ph.D. Eng. – Dean and Marek Talaga Ph.D. Eng.- Vice-Dean.
On 4 July 1996 the Polish Parliament renamed the Higher School of Engineering as the University of Zielona Gora. At that time the Faculty consisted of two institutes: the Institute of Civil Engineering and the Institute of Environmental Engineering. Stanisław Misztal Doct. Ph.D. Eng. was appointed as Dean and Prof. Henryk Greinert D.Sc. Eng. as Vice-Dean.
In 1999, as part of the subject: ”Civil Engineering”, the specialization “Building Renovation and Modernization of Built-up Areas” was started for the first time in Poland.
In 2001, after the creation of the University of Zielona Góra as a result of the merger between Technical University of Zielona Góra and the Higher School of Pedagogics, the name was changed to the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The existing organizational structure of the Faculty was complemented with the Institute of Biotechnology and Environmental Protection. Until 31 August 2002 Prof. Henryk Greinert D.Sc. Eng. was the dean of the newly created Faculty. For the next term of office Prof. Tadeusz Kuczyński D.Sc. Eng. became Dean of the Faculty, and Beata Gabryś D.Sc. Eng. and Marek Talaga Ph.D. Eng. were Vice-Deans
On 31 May 2004 the Faculty was granted the right to award the degree of doctor of technical sciences in the discipline: “environmental engineering”.
In order to develop civil engineering specializations in 2004 the specializations: Roads and Bridges were added to the curriculum of the subject: civil engineering. In 2006 doctoral courses were started in both disciplines for which the Faculty had authorization – construction and environmental engineering. At the end of 2016 they were attended by nearly 31 doctoral students.
In September 2007 the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering changed its organizational structure again due to the separation of the Institute of Biotechnology and Environmental Protection, on the basis of which the Faculty of Biological Sciences was created at the University. Beginning with the academic year 2008/2009 courses in the subject: architecture and urban planning were started and for this reason the Sub-department of Architecture and Urban Planning was incorporated into the Institute of Structural Engineering. In 2013 this sub-department was transformed into the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning and separated from the organizational structure of the Institute.
As the Faculty offers courses in three subjects and consists of three organizational units, in 2014 it was decided to change its name to the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Environmental Engineering and this name has been used ever since.
In 2013 the Faculty received the right to award the D.Sc. degree in technical sciences in the field of civil engineering. In 2015 the Faculty awarded an honorary doctorate to Prof. Zbigniew Kowal D.Sc. Eng. By the end of 2016 one habilitation procedure had been positively completed.
In the years 1989-2016 the Faculty awarded one D.Sc. degree in technical sciences, 33 degrees in the field of civil engineering and 21 degrees in environmental engineering.
By the end of 2016 4541 students had graduated from the Faculty in civil engineering, 2783 in environmental engineering and 339 in architecture and urban planning.
At the beginning of 2017 the academic and teaching staff of the Faculty consisted of 12 professors, 16 associate professors, 49 doctors and 11 masters. There are also 13 technicians and 10 administrative staff.
List of Deans:
1969-1973 Tadeusz Maszkiewicz Doct. Ph.D. Eng.
1973-1974 Mikołaj Kłapoć Doct. Ph.D. Eng.
1974-1977 Mikołaj Kłapoć Doct. Ph.D. Eng. (director of the institute with faculty prerogatives)
1978-1980 Prof. Stanisław Kołaczkowski Ph.D. (director of the institute with faculty prerogatives)
1980-1981 Prof. Jędrzej Kuczyński D.Sc. Eng. (director of the institute with faculty prerogatives)
1981-1984 Mikołaj Kłapoć Doct. Ph.D. Eng. (director of the institute with faculty prerogatives)
1984-1987 Mikołaj Kłapoć Doct. Ph.D. Eng.
1987-1990 Henryk Greinert Doct. D.Sc. Eng.; vice-dean – Prof. Tadeusz Biliński D.Sc. Eng.
1990-1993 Stanisław Pryputniewicz Ph.D. Eng.; vice-dean – Marek Talaga Ph.D. Eng.
1993-1996 Stanisław Pryputniewicz Ph.D. Eng.; vice-dean – Marek Talaga Ph.D. Eng.
1996-1999 Stanisław Misztal Doct. D.Sc. Eng.; vice-dean – Prof. Henryk Greinert D.Sc. Eng.
1999-2002 Prof. Henryk Greinert D.Sc. Eng.; vice-deans – Prof. Romuald Świtka D.Sc. Eng., Marek Świderski Ph.D. Eng.
2002-2005 Prof. Tadeusz Kuczyński D.Sc. Eng.; vice-deans –Beata Gabryś D.Sc., Marek Talaga D.Sc.
2005-2008 Prof. Tadeusz Kuczyński D.Sc. Eng.; vice-deans – Prof. Beata Gabryś D.Sc., (2005-2007), Prof. Mieczysław Kuczma D.Sc. Eng. (2007-2008), / Marek Talaga Ph.D. Eng.
2008-2012 Prof. Jakub Marcinowski D.Sc. Eng.; vice-deans – Prof. Zofia Sadecka D.Sc. Eng., Prof. Urszula Kołodziejczyk D.Sc. Eng.
2012-2016 Prof. Jakub Marcinowski D.Sc. Eng.; vice-deans – Prof. Andrzej Greinert D.Sc. Eng., Prof. Marlena Piontek D.Sc.
2016-2020 Prof. Andrzej Greinert D.Sc. Eng.; vice-deans – Prof. Maria Mrówczyńska D.Sc. Eng., Prof. Marlena Piontek D.Sc.