Architecture is the most visible and public of the arts. Every addition to the built environment should therefore contribute in a meaningful way to our surroundings, the built and natural environment that make up the human experience. Architectural competition promotes interest in a project from inception to completion, and the promoter stands to gain a sense of achievement and enhanced pride of ownership in a project. The South African Institute of Architects considers that it is in the best interests of the promoter, the profession and the nation that important public buildings should be the subject of architectural competitions. It is also ideal for the design of projects in the private sector.
Design competitions offer a number of benefits to the promoter of an architectural competition:
Design competitions also benefit the competitor entering an approved competition since they afford opportunities:
An important function of an Institute of Architects is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on the built environment. The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) represents the majority of Professional Architects in South Africa, and members of the Institute are encouraged to enter competitions that are approved and endorsed by SAIA.