The IEC is the basic higher education institution in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the training of specialists in architecture and civil engineering.
The history of the university begins in 1957 when the first group of students was admitted to the Kazakh Polytechnic Institute to major in "Industrial and Civil Construction". In 1961, enrolment was made for the specialty "Architecture" and the respective faculties were formed: Building, Architectural, and Sanitary Engineering. In 1980, on the basis of these faculties and the Alma-Ata branch of the All-Union Correspondence Engineering and Construction Institute, the Alma-Ata Institute of Architecture and Construction was opened, which was reorganized to the Kazakh State Academy of Architecture and Construction in 1992. In 2001, the Kazakh State Academy of Architecture and Construction has renamed the Kazakh State Academy of Architecture and Construction.
KazGASA has successfully passed international accreditation by the UNESCO-IUA Commission (International Union of Architects) (in 2007) in the field of architecture and has been awarded an international diploma.
The Academy was awarded the Gold Medal and the "European Quality" Diploma for organizing the educational process in accordance with European education standards.
KazGASA is a member of the International Geotechnical Association (ISSMGE). The main focus is to exchange ideas, research results, practical experience, as well as to create a common information space among scientists and specialists of Russia and Kazakhstan, near and far abroad countries in the field of construction of bases and foundations of large-scale and unique objects, geotechnical problems of oil and gas and mining industry facilities construction, hydraulic structures.
The Central Asian Association of Architectural and Construction Specialties (CAAACS) has been established under the auspices of the Academy, bringing together higher education institutions in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and other countries. The main aim of the Association is to integrate the education systems of the architectural and construction sector, ensure the development of science, engineer meets and technology, and train personnel to international standards.
KazGASA continues active cooperation with foreign universities in the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Turkey, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, etc.
KAU was accepted in 1997. In December 2005, KAU was admitted to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), whose members are more than 1,100 universities and colleges.