Civil Engineering and Architecture
The Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture is an interdisciplinary research and high education organization. It inherited the heritage of ancient and prestigious cultural institutes dated since 1779.
The Department has two branches, one located in Catania and one in Syracuse. Its library, due to the legacy of over 200 years of anthology collection, contains over 20,000 volumes including a large and prestigious historical archive and many national and international journals.
The teaching staff encompass a great deal of different disciplinary fields. It shares many interests related to architectural design and urban planning. The teaching activity is aimed at courses belonging to the Architecture and Construction Engineering Sciences.
The Department has different laboratories for research, design and consulting services and it holds several ongoing agreements with Italian, European or non-European institutions, both public and private, to perform applied research, scientific studies, feasibility studies, technical and scientific advice.
Didactics and research activities
The forty-eight professors belong to different disciplinary fields, such as Building Construction, Architectural Design and Urban Landscape, Drawing, History of Architecture, Restoration, Town and Country Planning, Political and Economic Geography. They teach in the degree courses of Architectural Engineering (recognized by the EC), based in Catania, and of Architecture, based in Syracuse.
Many courses include design laboratories.
Every year a large number of students participate in Erasmus programmes and many students come to the Department from foreign universities.
The Department supports a PhD course and participates in several PhD courses with other partner universities.
Scientific research covers a wide range of topics: Survey and Representation, Automatic Drawing, History of Architecture, Architectural Design, Building Refurbishment and Restoration, Building Construction (historical and current), Safety in Building Construction, Energy saving and environmental sustainability, Urban and Regional Planning.
The main sources came from local, national and European Research Programs and Structural Funds. In addition, the Department works together with local institutions and private companies establishing research agreements and service, as well as through the establishment of postgraduate courses.
The search outcomes are constantly spread all over scientific communities by attending national and international conferences exhibitions and they are also published in the two long-established editorial series of the Department: "Quaderni" and "Documenti".