June 22, 2017adminMedia


Gender equality is lagging behind in the architectural profession. It is the South African Institute of Architects’ (SAIA) belief that as long as architects in the working environment are still being categorised by their gender (i.e. female or male architect), and not recognised as professional architects, then our job is far from complete.

Gone are the days of primitive beliefs, when men were deemed to be superior to their female counterparts, especially in the workplace. Today, as a result of all the barriers women have had to endure over the years, women are now pushing boundaries and are excelling as professionals.

As we embark on the journey to achieve gender equality, SAIA will continue to level the playing field and promote women architects. This is until women architects are addressed by peers primarily as qualified professional architects, and for their achievements in the profession.

As Women’s Month draws nearer, SAIA and the Women in Architecture South Africa – KwaZulu-Natal (WiaSA – KZN) invite Women Architectural Professionals to participate collectively in expressing themselves in terms of their career choice and what in essence makes them an architect. The social media campaign will profile women each day, throughout the month of August 2017.

To support this initiative, kindly email the following:

  • Your Name and Surname
  • Where you work: Name of the practice or employer
  • One photograph/portrait of yourself in full colour (JPEG between 2MB and 10 MB, minimum 300 dpi)
  • One photograph of a project that you have done or were involved in (JPEG between 2MB and 10MB, minimum 300 dpi)
  • A short creative statement of your expression on being a Professional Architect (maximum 25 words)

Please submit all the above information to and before Friday, 14 July 2017.

Penelope Sebe
Executive Manager: Transformation