In 1994, the Faculty of Civil Engineering, has established Profile Institute of Structural Engineering (now the Institute of Materials and Structures) and the Professor Dr. Habil sc ing. Rolands Rikards was approved as a head of the institute.
The expansion of the Profile Institute, in the later years, lead to the creation of a Professor Group of Building Materials.
As a result of subsequent changes in 2003 the Professor Group of Building Materials, was renamed as the Professors Group of Building Materials and Building Products, which in 2014 was renamed as the Department of Building Materials and Building Products, headed by Professor Dr. sc Ing. Aleksandrs Korjakins.