SAIA Membership

SAIA is one of several voluntary associations recognised by the SA Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) in terms of the legislation, and is the only one dedicated to serve the interests of professional architects and architect practices.

SAIA Membership for Individuals

Membership of SAIA is regionally based and co-ordinated nationally.

There are 11 autonomous Regional Institutes throughout the country that focus their attention on local activities, and facilitate participation in national programmes. Membership of SAIA is available in several categories:

  • National or ‘full’ members: for professional Architects
  • Candidate: during the training period before professional registration
  • Retired membership: for retired Architects.

Individual subscriptions are paid to the regional institute in accordance with the regional account. Individual members receive a SAIA membership certificate only once upon enrolment.

SAIA Corporate Membership for Practices

Individual membership of a regional institute and therefore of SAIA is voluntary. However, for principals in a practice, their SAIA membership has consequential implications for the status of their practice. Under the SAIA Constitution, the principals of a practice cannot elect not to be a SAIA practice and therefore not a corporate member, if the practice qualifies as such. There is also no provision in the Constitution for independent corporate membership.

Architectural firms are recognised by the Institute, as corporate members if 75% of the eligible principals in the practice are members of the SAIA. Every SACAP recorded practice, which meets SAIA’s requirement for membership, is deemed to be a SAIA corporate member. A practice is recognised as a SAIA corporate member, where at least 75% of the eligible principals (Pr Arch) of a practice are members of SAIA.

Enrolment and Subscription Structure

Individual Members

As membership in the individual categories is managed on a regional basis, enrolment forms are available from the Regional Institute offices. Fees include the initial enrolment and annual subscriptions, which include a regional as well as a national portion. The subscription structure is designed to make membership available to all in the profession.

Corporate Members

Corporate members, SAIA practices, are required to submit an annual declaration directly to SAIA to confirm the size of the practice together with the annual corporate member subscription fee.

Life and Honorary Membership

The Board may confer life or honorary membership to honour respectively architects or persons who are not eligible for registration.