UIA PPC Paris Jan 2018

SAIA Building Relationships with UIA

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Simmy Peerutin, Chair of SAIA Practice Committee, attended the UIA Professional Practice Commission (PPC) in Paris last week. Kevin Bingham, a UIA Council member, also attended the day before the UIA Council meeting. The PPC meeting is held annually over two days and is co-chaired by James Wright from the USA and Zhuang Weimin from China. Representatives from all five UIA regions attended, including representatives from the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards USA and Architects Council of Europe. Africa was represented by Sudan, Egypt and South Africa.

Guidelines and Practice Notes recently approved in Seoul include:

  • Guidelines on the value of Architecture
  • Update to PPN1 – Computer Practice, written by Simmy Peerutin
  • New UIA 2017 Gender Equity Policy

Current workstreams for this triennium’s PPC include:

  • Outsourcing of Architectural Services/Practicing in a Host Nation
  • Expansion of PPN 4 – Dispute Resolution – Kevin Bingham is the workstream leader
  • Model International Practice law/act
  • Model International Plan of Work – Simmy Peerutin is the workstream leader
  • Populating and expanding the UIA database on Architectural Practice Around the World (APAW)
  • Mobility of Architects – facilitation of global practice

Through our global interactions at the UIA, we are endeavouring to ensure that our local architects are able to receive support that will enable them to benchmark their work against the best architects globally.

South African architect becomes published author and is nominated for top global award.

Co-director of Wolff Architects, Ilze Wolff, is being recognised for her dissertation on the Rex Trueform garment manufacturing factory. Her work has now been published, and is sure to be on the reading list of every architect or aspiring architect in South Africa. She is also in the running for the 2018 Moira Gemmill Emerging Architecture Award facilitated by the Architectural Review.

Further Accolades for Ilze Wolff makes SAIA proud

Ilze Wolff, co-director of Wolff Architects, has been awarded the International Prize for scholarly works in Modern and Contemporary Art for her book, ‘Unstitching Rex Trueform: the story of an African factory’. The award is for her dissertation for the degree, Mphil Heritage and Public Culture (UCT, Centre for African Studies) and was selected by the Roman publishing house, L’erma di Bretschneider, as the winner of the first edition International L’erma di Bretschneider C Prize. The book centres on her research on Rex Trueform, a garment manufacturing factory in Salt River, Cape Town. The judging panel included Zueler R. Lima, the author of the biography ‘Lina Bo Bardi’ about the Italian-born Brazilian architect (Yale University Press, 2013), and Henri Di Riedmatten, the author of ‘Narcissus in Troubled Waters: Francis Bacon, Bill Viola, Jeff Wall’, (L’Erma Di Bretschneider, 2014). The book and award will be presented on 13 April, 2018 at the National Museum of Modern Art in Rome.

In addition to this achievement Ilze has also been nominated along side five other architects globally for the Moira Gemmill Emerging Architecture Awards, 2018 by the Architectural Review. Winners will be announced on 2 March, 2018.

SAIA congratulates Ilze on these remarkable achievements, and for placing South Africa so proudly on the international stage through her work.

Ilze Wolff, co-director of Wolff Architects

Ilze Wolff, co-director of Wolff Architects
Photo Credit: Barry Christianson

SA Architect nominated for Female Architect of the Year

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Architecture Awards 2018 Shortlists Revealed

News from SAIA Practice Jan 2018

Su Linning, Executive Manager, Practice

Su Linning, Executive Manager, Practice

News from SAIA Practice

Apart from several other ongoing initiatives, much planning, time and effort have gone into developing and finalising the recently launched SAIA Practice Benchmarking and Fees Survey. The aim is to establish the state of the profession, through a comprehensive online survey into two main aspects of practice; the business and management of a practice and the fees architects are paid.

The responsible principal of all SAIA Practices would have received a unique link to access the survey. All the necessary instructions are on the front page of the survey, which is divided into seven sections, each addressing a key aspect of practice, from profitability to salaries, expenses, staff ratios, marketing spend and jobs won and chased. The last two sections address fees and projects.

If you or your practice did not receive your invitation to participate in the survey, please advise us without delay on

The survey remains open until Friday, 09 March.

Obert Chakarisa, CEO SAIA 2018

Obert Chakarisa, CEO SAIA

Obert Chakarisa, CEO SAIA

2018 Brings New Rays of Hope

2017 Outlook

As an Institute, we are very optimistic that the year 2018 will bring better fortunes for our profession, which was thrown into turmoil in the last two to three years due mainly to the “shenanigans” playing themselves out at the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). The lack of promulgation of the Identification of Work Framework (IDoW) and Professional Fees Scale only served to worsen the landscape of a profession already enduring high levels of distress.


In December 2017, the Minister of Public Works eventually took long overdue steps to intervene in the dire state of affairs at SACAP by initially removing the remaining three Council Members and appointing five more members. However, the aggrieved three Council Members succeeded in overturning their dismissal from the Council after the High Court ordered their re-instatement. We have not been sitting on our laurels and have, in fact, engaged the five new members on the Council. This was to apprise them of the unsustainable state of affairs regarding the profession, so they might assist through their interventions at SACAP.


Considerable budgetary allocations were channelled towards supporting the work of the Practice Committee which includes the rolling out of the Practice Benchmark & Fees Survey and the completion of the Practice Guidelines (manual). These two work streams will be extremely beneficial in improving the practice environment for our members.


A membership drive is underway to promote the work of the Institute to new and younger members that will ensure the continued existence of the organisation. Our current demographics show low numbers of members under the age of 30, which calls for concerted efforts to attract younger members. In addition, a category of Affiliate Members has been introduced to allow other professions in the Built Environment to forge closer relationships with the Institute.

2018 Forecast

The political manoeuvres currently taking place in the ruling political party will certainly bring a new ray of hope in the economy. The improvement of investor confidence in our economy will definitely result in more work opportunities being realised by our members which can only augur well for the profession. We will continue with our advocacy role of ensuring that the practice environment in the profession is made as conducive as possible.

From the Presidents’ Desk January 2018

Maryke Cronje, President, SAIA

Maryke Cronje, President, SAIA

From the Presidents’ Desk January 2018

Compliments of the season to all and your families.

I have a friend that has four good rules to live by:

  1. Be impeccable with your words
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

My husband then added a 5th rule: “Filing”. This is what I did during the first quiet week of January 2018 before the Construction Industry officially started. When I came across my SAIA folder, I stumbled upon SAIA’s Ballot Form from the year 2015 for a membership vote on acceptance of the proposed SAIA constitution.

This made me realise again that we as SAIA, have come a long way since 2015.

As mentioned in my inauguration speech, SAIA’s constitution states, “…it is its mission to act as the collective voice serving the interest of its members in pursuit of excellence and responsible design. It aims to uphold the dignity of the Architectural profession and contribute meaningfully to the enhancement of society and the environment. The fundamental principles of equality and justice are implicit in the constitution.”

This message we, as ManCom, Board Members, VAs and employees of SAIA, should always keep in mind when we act, make decisions and communicate on behalf of SAIA.

After fulfilling the role as Vice-President of SAIA for the past year, I have no illusions of the work required and the challenges that lie ahead for this coming presidential year, and will continue our Past President’s initiatives and systems that have been put in place, always keeping good governance in mind.

We had our first successful ManCom meeting on Thursday 25 January 2018. The following is a summary of what was discussed:

SAIA Offices:

After my inauguration in November, I attended our CEO’s staff meeting which took place on 30 November 2017. Being based in Gauteng gives me the opportunity to attend staff meetings and it is my intention to attend our CEO’s staff meetings to better understand the various tasks administered by SAIA personnel and to assist in streamlining processes and issues where required.


The Honourable Minister of Public Works attended the inauguration, and has welcomed and opened the doors to discuss the concerns and current state of our profession, and how we can make Architecture a career of choice. This will enable transformation of our profession.

We ended last year on a high note, but with some contradictory issues to be resolved in 2018.


  • Quorate: The issue of the current 4th term Council being quorate or not remains a recurring subject in discussions, whether you are a Regional VA member, SAIA member or non-member.SACAP is of the opinion that they are quorate, as per their website and press release, but many members feel it is not the case.Building a strong relationship with the 5th term Council will be a priority for SAIA.
  • MOU: A response from SACAP on SAIA’s letter regarding our objections to the introduction of the additional requirements to sign an MOU (drafted by Cliffe Decker Hofmeyr), is required and will be followed up.
  • IDoW and Fees: As a practicing architect, I share the architectural profession’s concerns regarding our current position in terms of the IDoW and Professional Fees Structures. I do hope that by the end of my term it will be resolved. Discussions with the CBE regarding professional fees and the Competition Commission should be followed up vigorously to establish an amicable way forward.

Competitions Commission:

The draft Competition Amendment Bill, 2017 for Public Comment Government Notice #134 was issued for comments on 01 December 2017 with a 60-day period allowance for comment. SAIA has expressed their concerns regarding the unfortunate timing of the call for public comment in the form of a letter addressed to Ms MT Mushi of the Economic Development Department on 29 January 2018 and await their feedback accordingly.

SAIA Member Investments Limited / CCN:

We had a productive meeting with Trish and Ivor regarding the SAIA Members Investments Limited and their investment in Construction Communication Network (CNN). We should communicate to investors by end of February where we are and advise on the way forward.

New Look and Feel of SAIA:

On a more positive note, we are on the verge of launching SAIA’s new Corporate Identity. It is a refreshment of our current brand.


As President of SAIA I have the privilege of acting as convener in two award programmes:

  • AfriSam SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture +Innovation.
  • SAIA Corobrik Award of Merit for excellence

I wish you all the success in 2018 and look forward to the opportunity to be of service to SAIA.

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Mahatma Gandhi

January 2018

PPE Study Aid
22 January 2017

SAIA Practice Benchmarking – Pre-launch Announcement
24 January 2017

Architecture ZA 2018: WeTheCity
29 January 2017

December 2017

AZA Save The Date!
December 2017

Happy Holidays
December 2017

November 2017

SAIA Convention, Poster Exhibition, Inauguration and Individual Awards – 23 November 2017
1 November 2017

Call for Nominations to Serve on 5th Term Council
2 November 2017

Report Back on Successful Urban Thinkers Campus
7 November 2017

SAIA Awards
13 November 2017

In Memoriam – Denzil Nathan David Levy
16 November 2017

GreenED – An Exciting New CPD Opportunity
22 November 2017

SAIA Individual Awards & Inauguration of New President & New Treasurer
22 November 2017

October 2017

CPD Opportunity: Speciality Clad Structures Presentation
5 October 2017

CPD Opportunity: GreenED Workshop Module 1 – Online Webinars and Presentations
6 October 2017

Urban Thinkers Campus Workshop Invitation
9 October 2017

CPD On-Demand
10 October 2017

Entries Open For 2017/2018 AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation
16 October 2017

Urban Thinkers Campus Workshop Programme
17 October 2017

SAIA Extends a Helping Hand to Neighbouring Lesotho
18 October 2017

World Architecture Day, SAIA Gives Full Support

Obert Chakarisa (2)

Obert Chakarisa
Chief Executive Officer,
The South African Institute of Architects


Every first Monday of every October has been set aside as the World Architecture Day, wherein the International Union of Architects (UIA) calls for the world population to be reminded of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. South African professional architects are represented on the UIA through the membership of the South African Institute of Architects, a body of architects whose membership exceeds 2,500.


This year’s World Architecture Day will be celebrated on Monday, 2nd October 2017 and the selected theme is “Climate Change Action!”. The tone of the theme itself demonstrates the urgency in which our collective efforts must be galvanized towards ensuring that responsible and sustainable design of all our habitat is cognisance of the negative impact such designs could have on the environment (climate).


The developments pertaining to the various initiatives that emanated following the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement to combat the impact of climate change on the environment and humanity need to be reflected upon on this important architectural day. The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) fully supports all the efforts currently being mobilized globally in implementing the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement.


SAIA would like to take the opportunity to call upon general members of the public, all three levels of government and the built environment at large to insist on engaging professional architects for all building projects so that they can “tap” into the expertise of the crème of the architectural profession.


Over the years, SAIA has noted with regret the unfortunate tendency where the critical role professional architects play in the built environment is not understood and in fact undermined. As we celebrate the World Architecture Day on the 2nd October 2017, let’s take the time to look around our environment, marvel at the work of professional architects and contemplate on initiatives that will assist in being mindful of the climate change agenda.