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Open Architecture

The South African Institute of Architects 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.

Shitfing educational needs in the age of technology forms a focal point at the conference 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.

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.

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.

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

See it demonstrated with Elena Pascolo of the AA School in London giving a live class through the course of the conference, and witness the beginnings of major change.

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