World Architecture Day, SAIA Gives Full Support
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.