Architecture is the most visible and public of the arts. An important function of all the Regional Institutes and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on architectural issues. The awards programme is in support of these goals, and run in two stages over a two year period.
The Corobrik-SAIA Award for Excellence was introduced in 1990, and is conferred every second year where it recognises an exceptional contribution to the field of architecture. The award programme was revised in 1999, and now includes the Awards of Merit running concurrently.
The Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit is made to members of SAIA to encourage and recognise good design or a significant contribution in the field of architecture. The Award for Excellence is made only for an exceptional achievement in the field of architecture. Only projects which have received an Award of Merit are eligible for this award.
The Awards programme is structured over a period of two years, and conducted in three stages. In the first year Awards for Architecture are presented by the various Regional Institutes affiliated to SAIA. The Corobrik-SAIA Awards of Merit are bestowed in the second year and thereafter, the Awards for Excellence are announced.
During the first stage, the Regional Institutes invite submissions, appoint and convene a panel of jurors to decide the Regional Awards for Architecture and eligible projects to be submitted for national consideration. The Regional Awards for Architecture are announced and made at a regional function, which takes place during the first stage of the Awards cycle.
The second stage of the Awards programme follows with the submission of entries by the regional panels of assessors for consideration of the SAIA Award of Merit and the SAIA Award for Excellence. A national panel of jurors is convened by the SAIA president to select the projects it wishes to inspect from the submitted entries. During the first few months of the second year, the national panel of jurors inspect the projects in loco. The Awards of Merit and the Awards for Excellence are announced at a national function towards the end of the second stage of the Awards cycle.
The Regional Institutes invite members to submit entries for the regional and SAIA awards programme. Eligible projects should be forwarded to the national panel of assessors for adjudication of the SAIA Award of Merit. Work may be submitted to the Region by the author or nominated by any member of the Region with the author’s, or other responsible person’s permission. Projects which fall in an area under jurisdiction of the Regional Institute, and were completed during the two preceding years before the Awards cycle begins, are eligible.
Please note that all the Regional Institutes invite entries for the awards. Members who have done work in an area outside the jurisdiction of the Regional Institute should obtain the forms from and return their entry to the relevant Regional Institute in which the project falls. It should be noted that in loco inspection of projects that are situated in remote areas of the Region may not be possible, and additional video material on DVD is required in order to adjudicate the project by way of a virtual inspection. The submitted project requires the presence of the project architect (or representative thereof) during the in loco inspections.
Projects outside South Africa may be submitted to the member’s Regional Institute. It should be noted that in loco inspection of these projects may not be possible, and additional video material on DVD is required in order to adjudicate the project by way of a virtual inspection. Should such projects go forward for national adjudication, and funding is made available by the entrant to cover the costs, every effort will be made by the national panel of assessors to carry out an in loco inspection.
In order to offer equal opportunity throughout the country for members to enter projects, the guidelines apply to all Regions, and a uniform format of the call for entries, conditions for entry and the nomination / submission form has been established for use by all the Regions.