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The Department of Urban Engineering was opened in 1965 within the Vilnius Branch of Kaunas Polytechnic Institute (KPI) when on 1 September 1965 the Department of Construction was divided into two departments, namely the Department of Urban Engineering (headed by Assoc. Prof. V. Kriščiūnas) and the Department of Engineering Constructions (headed by Prof. A. Kudzys). At that time, the Vilnius Branch of KPI had 17 departments and three faculties, while the total number of students was over 3,000. The first Head of the Department was Prof. Dr. Eng. Vytautas Kriščiūnas (1908-1991). The Department offered such subjects as general engineering, geodesy, building constructions, sanitary facilities, and profile subjects of urban engineering (urban transport, streets and roads, and urban planning). The first crop of thirteen urban engineers graduated from the Vilnius Branch of KPI in December 1967.
       In 1971, the Department of Urban Engineering underwent another reorganisation which resulted in the separation of the Department of Building Constructions headed by Vytautas Kriščiūnas, w hile the Department of Urban Engineering after the reorganisation was headed by Prof. Dr. Eng. Vaclovas-Vytautas Šeštokas (1031-1984). During his tenure, Prof. V. Šeštokas organised the group of scientists who dealt with the issues of transport and urban street development. The main scientific direction covered the research into the process and factors of the development of the street and road network. Thanks to V. Šeštokas, the school of urban engineering featuring a specific scientific trend was established in the country. He was the first in the Department to start publishing articles and participating in scientific conferences abroad. Technical books stores started selling the original books by V. Šeštokas, namely: Traffic Regulation and Safety ; Urban Transport; Streets, Traffic, Accidents; and Traffic Organisation.
       Since 1975, the scientific and teaching activities developed with renewed vigour. In 1970’s the Department of Urban Engineering, in cooperation with designing organisations, drafted Complex Transport Schemes of Vilnius and Kaunas, carried out researches into transport flows in the central parts and old towns of Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Kėdainiai and Trakai, and started developing the pedestrian zone in Šiauliai which at that time was the first pedestrian zone in Lithuania. On the initiative of the Department, the noise maps of the five largest towns (Vilnius, Kaunas, Šiauliai, Panevėžys, Marijampolė and Alytus) of the country were made.
       After death of Prof. V. Šeštokas, in 1984-1990 the Department was headed by architect Assoc. Prof. Dr. P. Juškevičius. In 1990-1996 the Department was headed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Antanas Klibavičius.
       Since 1996, the Department has been creatively headed by Prof. Dr. Marija Burinskienė. During its existence, the Department of Urban Engineering of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University has issued more than 2,000 specialists (degrees of bachelors, engineers and masters). Today the Department employs professors (M. Burinskienė, K. Jakovlevas-Mateckis) and associated professors (A. Klibavičius, G. Paliulis, A. Rimkus, A. Mačerinskienė, V. Grigonis, R. Ušpalytė-Vitkūnienė). Professors and associated professors working at the Department of Urban Engineering give lectures in urban planning, territorial management, construction processes, maintenance and repairs of engineering networks, application of computers in urban construction, traffic organisation, territorial and communication systems, etc. The recent decade saw major expansion in scientific activities of the Department with regard to the scientific trends of the European Union. Scientists of the Department carry out researches ordered by different municipalities, and such researches are grouped under the main topic, i.e. Sustainable Urban Development. The Department’s researches differ from other researches of similar nature by offering complex assessment of urban problems and solutions based on the principles of sustainable development.

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Professor Emeritus Konstantinas Jakovlevas-Mateckis
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Konstantinas Jakovlevas-Mateckis          
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     Konstantinas Jakovlevas – Mateckis, Professor of the Departments of Urban Engineering and Fundamentals and Theory of Architecture of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Academician of International Informatization Academy. He worked as a visiting professor at the Rome University “La Sapienza”, Bialystok Polytechnical University, Kaunas Technological University, Kaunas Institute of Arts, etc. Professor delivers lectures on architectural design, urban planning, landscape architecture subjects, guides final works of doctoral and master students, takes an active part in scientific and projecting works of the department. He was a member of a Scientific Councils if St. Petersburg University Building and Architecture and Moscow Academy of Architecture.
     For many years professor worked as the Head of architect group at the Institute of Machine Tools Design and later as the Chief Architect of the same Institute. According to his projects more than ten industrial complexes were built: Vilnius Machine Tools Factory “Komunaras”, Siauliai Plant of Precise Machine Tools, Kaunas Plants of Fasteners, Vilnius Metal – Cutting Machine Tools Research Institute with the experimental plant “Precizika”, etc. For almost twenty years he worked as the Head of the Division of Architectural Farmation of the Environment at the Vilnius Research Institute of Technical Aesthetics, actively participated in scientific and creative activities. Professor prepared landscape formation designs of the Kruonis Hydro-accumulative Power Station, the Ignalina Nuclear Power Station, the international highway “Via Baltica”, etc. He made design and arrangement projects as well as landscape formation projects of Klaipeda Industrial Square, Utena Textile Plant, Toljati town and Automobile Plant. Professor is the author of many interior projects: the Visaginas Civil Matrimony Building, the Kruonis Hydro – accumulative Power Station, the second and third electric power stations of Vilnius and others.
     Professor is the founder of the original school of urban and industrial environmental architecture and industrial surroundings design, the creator of its theoretical principles. He accomplished 37 scientific research works in the field of architecture, landscape architecture and environmental design, prepared about 100 projects, wrote 29 monographs and books (some of them with co-authors), over 150 scientific articles, some Standard norms which were confirmed by Ministries, etc.
     Professor often participates at the competitions on the works of architecture, landscape architecture, environmental design and win first prizes (in 1979, 1980, 2005), three second prizes (in 1981, 1983, 1986) and two third prizes (in 1986, 2002).
     For the works in the field of architecture, landscape architecture and environmental design professor in 1981 became the laureate of the Lithuanian State Prize in architecture and in 1989 was conferred with the honorary title of the Merited Researcher, in 1997, 2000, 2006, 2009 – he was awarded with the University medals “For the Merits to the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University”. In 2004 for Merits to Lithuania professor was awarded with the Order of Grand Duke Gediminas and for the merits to Vilnius art Academy – “Medal of Honor Laurynas Gucevicius and Pranciskus Smuglevicius”. In 2005 “For Merits of Lithuania’s landscape architecture” – was awarded with the honorary decoration of the Lithuanian Association of landscape Architects. In 2009 – Medal of Honor of the Lithuanian Association of Architects “For scientific and pedagogical work in architecture” and Medal of Honor of Lithuanian Association of Builders.
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