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School History

The School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE) is the first (since the 1950s) and most established school in the training of professionals in the built environment. The following table shows the milestones in the School History:

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1958 - 1959 Part-time Technician Diploma in Architectural Draughtsmanship and Part-time Technician Diploma in Building conducted by Dept of Architecture & Building.
1960 - 1961 Part-time Technician Diploma in Civil Engineering conducted by the Dept of Engineering.
1961 - 1962 Dept of Architecture & Building offered Professional Diploma in Architecture and Professional Diploma in Building as well as Technician Diploma in Architectural Draughtsmanship, Building and Structural Engineering.  Dept of Engineering offered Professional Diploma as well as Technician Diploma in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.
1965 - 1966 Under an arrangement with the University of Singapore, degrees were awarded to engineering, architecture and accountancy students.
1966 - 1967 The School of Architecture & Building offered a degree course in Architecture, Professional Diploma courses in Building, Quantity Surveying and Valuation as well as technician courses in Architectural Draughtsmanship, Building, Land Surveying and Structural Engineering.  The School of Engineering offered degree courses in Civil, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and other full and part time technician courses.
1969 - 1970 In May 1969, the degree courses of the Schools of Engineering and Architecture & Building, along with the School of Accountancy, were transferred to the University of Singapore. The Civil Engineering & Building Dept was set up and offered Technician Diploma courses in Architectural Draughtsmanship, Building, Civil Engineering, Land Surveying and Structural Engineering.
1978 - 1979 Technician Certificate in Architectural Draughtsmanship introduced.
1982 - 1983 Technician Certificate in Architectural Draughtsmanship phased out and replaced with Architectural Technician Diploma.  Technician Diploma in Quantity Surveying introduced. Technician Diploma in Civil Engineering renamed Technician Diploma in Civil Engineering Construction.  Technician Diploma in Structural Engineering renamed Technician Diploma in Civil Engineering Design.
1984 - 1985 Three year full-time Technician Diploma in Land Surveying introduced.
1986 - 1987 All Technician Diploma courses renamed Diploma courses.  The Dept offered Diploma in Architectural Technology, Building, Quantity Surveying, Civil Engineering (which replaced Diplomas in Civil Engineering Construction and Civil Engineering Design) and Land Surveying.
1990 - 1991 Diploma in Building introduced options in Construction Technology, Quantity Surveying and Maintenance Technology.
1991 - 1992 Diploma in Quantity Surveying discontinued.
1993 - 1994 Diploma in Civil & Structural Engineering replaced Diploma in Civil Engineering.
1994 - 1995 Diploma in Building renamed Diploma in Building & Property Management, with options in Construction Management & Quantity Surveying and Property Marketing and Management.
2001 - 2002 The Civil Engineering & Building Department was renamed School of the Built Environment & Design.
2002 - 2003 Diploma in Interior Design introduced.
2003 - 2004 Diploma in Architectural Technology renamed Diploma in Architecture.
2004 - 2005 Diploma in Building & Property Management renamed Diploma in Property Development & Facilities Management with options in Quantity Surveying and Property & Facilities Management.  New Diploma in Landscape Architecture introduced.
2006 - 2007 School renamed School of Design & the Environment.
2007 - 2008 With the transfer of Diploma in Interior Design to the new School of Design, the school was renamed School of the Built Environment.  Two new diplomas Diploma in Environmental Management & Water Technology and Diploma in Integrated Events & Project Management, were introduced.
2008 - 2009 Diploma in Civil & Structural Engineering renamed Diploma in Civil Engineering and Management.
2009 - 2010 The school was renamed School of Architecture & the Built Environment and with the School of Design, forms the Architecture, Design and Environment Cluster (ADEC).
2010 - 2011 Diploma in Civil Engineering and Management renamed Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business while the Diploma in Property Development and Facilities Management was restructured and renamed Diploma in Hotel & Leisure Facilities Management.