SAIA

Open Architecture

Shifting educational needs in the age of technology forms a focal point with the launch of South Africa’s own online architecture training platform, Open Architecture. This revolutionary platform has been developed by the KZNIA and the South African Institute for Architecture (SAIA) as a legacy project of the UIA 2014 Conference.

SAIA is implementing an architecture education unit aligned to participating Schools of Architecture, which is office-based and web-centred, and is aimed at both assisting in the throughput of candidates towards becoming Professional Architects and at the transformation of the architectural profession.

Open Architecture will offer a universally recognised alternative to main-stream post-graduate architecture education while allowing students to remain in full-time employment. This is set to change the face of the architectural profession in SA and beyond.

Open Architecture is working towards offering SACAP registered architectural professionals an alternative route to obtaining an accredited Professional Architectural qualification. This will be achieved through partnerships with South African Architectural Learning Sites (ALS). A number of ALS have indicated their interest and negotiations are underway. The first programme to be presented through Open Architecture will most likely be the BTech programme, with the post graduate qualifications to follow suit.

In October 2012, SAIA launched Open Architecture, as the first of SAIA’s transformation projects aligned to Skills Development to address the educational and structural bottlenecks being experienced on the currently available model of full time study only, to the journey to becoming a registered Professional Architect. We are happy to report that SAIA supported OpenArchitecture is delivering on their promise to offer a new mode of architecture education! Today OpenArchitecture received the green light to proceed with offering a two year part-time BTech programme in collaboration with the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, starting in January 2014.

The course will be presented office-based and online with occasional regional face to face learning interactions.

Applications are invited from South Africa and SADC countries.

Open Architecture is to be executed through:

  • Registration and graduation from an existing Architecture School at a University or accredited University of Technology.
  • An  interactive, web-based platform provided by the Construction Communication Network CCN,
  • Office based learning
  • Mentor and tutor support

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