Newsletter October 2016

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President’s Report


Sindile Ngonyama
SAIA President

From The President’s Desk

There is a popular belief that time goes very quickly when one has a lot to deal with or as one gets older. This has been particularly obvious in my case, over last two months. As a person who has been punting the idea of relevant architecture for a self-transforming nation of South Africa, the sound of Al Stratford’s voice at this year’s Sophia Gray Lecture whereby he was sharing his “LONG WALK TO BECOMING AN ARCHITECT” still reverberates clearly in my ears. The lecture crystallized my belief that South African architects have no excuse not to strive for an architecture that is reflective of a “NATION IN TRANSITION”.

For me a number of considerable lessons came out of that lecture and convinced me that:

  • It does not matter who you are, or how colourful (or not-so-colourful) your background has been, nature always picks a spot or a moment in the universe, whereby the purpose for which you have been destined, will be brought to the fore, for everyone to see.
  • It is imperative for each and every individual to know who they are- so they don’t fight their identities and acknowledge where their strengths lie so as to capitalize on them; and be able to identify what their natural gifts are, so as to embark upon a road towards enhancing them.
  • Humility and honesty are the strongest attributes anyone can pray for and wish to possess.

Sadly, the excitement I have expressed above was soon to be watered down by some “HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS” struggling for the acceptance of their natural African identity in their learning spaces. Topping the list for me is the university students “FEES MUST FALL” upheavals taking place at most of our university campuses. This has led me to ask a number of questions as to why we find our nation in this situation, and these questions still remain unanswered in my mind:

  • Is free university education   for all, achievable in our country at this point in time?
  • Do answers to the fundamental question of “FREE EDUCATION” lie with university management structures or do such answers lie somewhere else?
  • If there is consensus that the answers to this problem do not reside with university management structures, why then do university buildings and university public spaces become targets of destruction by students in venting their anger and frustrations with the current format of the education funding system, especially during this day and age?

During the pre-1994 era protests I could partially understand the thinking behind this question, although I did not personally agree with this form of action. In that era, targeted buildings and monuments were perceived to be physical symbols reflective of oppressive colonial and apartheid domination over the majority of the dispossessed people of this country. Furthermore, such regimes were perceived to be uninterested in any other form of civilized debate, other than violent means of engagement.

It is my painful assertion that the above incidents seem to be reflective of the majority of our society members, at different levels, still having not fully accepted the post 1994 notion of “UNITY in DIVERSITY” although the majority of society, at face value and at various levels, tries to hide this truth.

As we are heading towards having a new SAIA leadership, my parting shot is directed to each and every individual member of our organization as to:

  • Where do we see ourselves (as architects) sitting, in all the prevailing new struggles?
  • What kind of leadership do we wish our organization to have, as we are to sail through the next 24 months, taking into account the new challenges our country seems to be facing?
  • As a profession, do we believe that we have a serious role to play towards normalizing the dire situation our country seems to be heading towards, or do we believe that we are immune and unaffected by what is happening around us?
  • Are we willing to have a serious programme of action that will steer our organization to participating positively towards intellectual transformation of our society?

You be the judge! Sindile Ngonyama: SAIA President

CEO’s Corner


Obert Chakarisa
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Top Architectural Work Honoured At Prestigious SAIA Corobrik Awards

Nothing is as fulfilling as having one’s professional peers acknowledging excellent work achieved by one of their own. The SAIA – Corobrik Award Program is the pinnacle initiative in the architectural field that subjects work done by professional architects to be scrutinized and evaluated with a view to identifying outstanding pieces of work and bestowing the relevant recognition.

What makes these awards particularly important is the fact that the adjudicators that were tasked with assessing these projects were professionals who have distinguished themselves in the field of architecture. This professional architectural team of adjudicators would predictably cast a sharper look and scrutiny on the projects under review, much more than a layman could ever do.

Projects that would pass such a stringent test, would naturally bring a marked sense of fulfilment and contentment to the architects that would have crafted such work. The demands and expectations by society at large on the architectural profession has been deepening over the years as more and more people have become more aware of the role that architects play in shaping their landscape. This societal expectation on the role of architecture added an additional burden on the adjudication team in its quest to ensure that projects which they singled out for merit and excellence were indeed fulfilling the societal expectations of functionality, sustainability and environmental awareness, amongst other pointers.

The projects that were submitted in this year’s Awards Programs were so varied in design and must have given the adjudication team sleepless nights in giving them due recognition. We are so pleased to confirm that the quality of the projects assessed this year, certainly surpassed all expectations and demonstrated the unique architectural prowess that our members possess.

The Awards evening was graced by the presence of the Director General of the Department of Public Works, Mr Mziwonke Dlabantu, who delivered a sterling key note address, which underscored government’s expectations of the profession. The mere presence of the Director General underscores our commitment to working within and together with governmental structures to the enhancement of the profession.

We would like to congratulate all those who entered the awards programs for setting a very high architectural standard represented by their projects. We salute all your hard work and are convinced that your clients, who are recipients and users of these structures, are more than satisfied by the quality of their investment.

Obert Chakarisa: Chief Executive Officer (CEO)




Esther van Tonder
Executive Manager, Finance and Human Resources


A Special Thanks to Practices who have Settled their Subscriptions and Levies Promptly.

Please allow me the opportunity to thank all our members and practices for the prompt payment of their annual subscriptions and practice levies. As at the end of September 2016 we received respectively 65% and 63% of the budgeted income from members and SAIA practices. See the following graphs .

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Finance Graph2

To all the members and SAIA practices who have not made payment for the current financial year, please remember that SAIA is dependent on your active participation and continued support as the SA Institute of Architects keeps abreast with developments relating to the industry and engages in advocacy for members with both public and private sector bodies and general stakeholders.



Debbie Kirk
Executive Manager: Marketing, Communication and Fundraising

Marketing Reaches a Crescendo at SAIA

While we all agree that Rome was not built in a day, it’s also true that many months of planning go into making a Marketing Event a success.

During mid- August, SAIA hosted a stall at Interbuild, a highly successful event, with growing numbers of visitors.

“Interbuild is committed to giving back to the community and so each year we provide three bursaries to top Open Architecture students, “says Joshua Low, Porfolio Director, Interbuild.

Lone Poulsen, Open Architecture, Programme Director put up an absorbing display of the very best work produced by Open Architecture students. She was also proud to announce the names of the top students for 2015 and 2016 and thus recipients of the Interbuild SAIA Open Architecture bursary. Each bursary recipient received R10 000 to assist them with their studies and reach their career ambitions. The winners are:

2015 – Recipients – Denton Walters, Peter Klue.

2016 – Recipients – Mohammed Khan, Ryan Solomon, Tawanda Dlakama, Joseph Ndlovu


Just as we rallied from Interbuild, the AZA2016 was hot on our heels


From left to right: Catherine da Sousa in front of Corobrik SAIA poster exhibition - Hannah Le Roux, shares her depth of knowledge - Daniel van der Merwe, AZA Convenor takes to the stage.

From left to right: Catherine da Sousa in front of Corobrik SAIA poster exhibition – Hannah Le Roux, shares her depth of knowledge – Daniel van der Merwe, AZA Convenor takes to the stage.

AZA2016, hosted by SAIA at Wits University was considered, by many, to be the very best yet. With Daniel van der Merwe, Catherine da Sousa and Hannah Le Roux combining their collective intelligence, the intellectual barometer reached an all-time high, and the result, a programme to meet world standards.

The logistics were successfully handled by Alive2Green. A poster exhibition, including those from the Corobrik SAIA Awards was curated in the Oppenheimer Life Sciences Building. The cheese and wine event used to open this exhibition drew the crowds and the sage voice of SAIA President, Sindile Ngonyama thanking Corobrik for their ongoing support for the Corobrik SAIA Awards was met with much applause.

Many students visited the SAIA stall and were ready to sign up as SAIA members. This certainly adds fuel to the debate that a student chapter needs to be set up by SAIA to catch these students while they are still at university and so know the benefits that SAIA can offer them on graduation.

Corobrik SAIA Awards Gala Dinner

The regional Award winning projects reached the SAIA offices November 2015. From then it was all systems go to ensure the projects were sorted and ready for the first adjudicator’s meeting in February 2016.

A total of 66 projects were received, the largest number ever for this Awards programme. An intensive meeting was then held with the four adjudicators and Convenor Kevin Bingham to choose the projects that needed further investigation through in loco inspections. The adjudicators included:

  • Mokena Makeka – Eminent Architect
  • Professor Paul Kotze – Academic Architect
  • Musa Shangase – Sponsor Representative
  • Sumien Brink – Eminent Layperson

After lengthy deliberations 40 projects and four books were chosen for further investigation. The adjudicators then set aside 10 days to visit all the projects and evaluate the books. Charter Planes and a myriad of other forms of transport served SAIA adjudicators well as they travelled the length and breadth of South Africa.

Following the choice of awarded projects, Professor Paul Kotze, as scribe, wrote up the citations for the Awards booklet over the next two months and completed this mammoth project just in time to hand out on the Awards evening.

The Corobrik SAIA Awards gala dinner took place in Braamfontein at Shine studios, not far from the AZA2016 activities. Guests arrived in their finest outfits and brim full of expectation regarding the announcement of the winners. A 270 degree outlook could be seen of the Johannesburg Skyline, including the Nelson Mandela Bridge and surrounds. It is against this backdrop, on vinyl, that the posters of all 66 finalists were shone for inspection in a separate room. Canapés and champagne were served to whet the appetite of all in attendance.

Guests then made their way to the beautifully decorated gala dining room. White chairs and linen, achieved additional plushness and a magical quality, when lit from above with fairy lights.

Donovan Goliath, Master of Ceremonies, kept a smile on the lips of all present, while interspercing humour with the elements on the programme deserving of greater gravitas, including speeches from SAIA’s CEO, President, Vice President and Corobrik’s Managing Director. We were privileged to host Director General, DPW Mizwonke Dlabantu who gave insight into the Built environment from a public sector perspective.


Sindile Ngonyama, President SAIA


Dirk Meyer
Managing Director, Corobrik


Obert Chakarisa


Mziwonke Dlabantu
Director General, DPW


Donovan Goliath, Master of Ceremonies, glides onto the stage

(Click here for more pictures of the evening). The announcement of the winners brought many delight and were as follows:


Awards of Excellence

  1. House La Lucia, Durban: designworkshop : sa
  2. Military Health Base Depot for SAMHS: Jeremie Malan Architects CC in association with Impendulo Architects
  3. New residence in Waterkloof, Pretoria: Slee & Co. Architects
  4. Residence at 79 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town: Metropolis
  5. 17 Glen Avenue Higgovale, Cape Town: studioMAS Architecture and Urban Design
  6. ‘Malapa’ Fossil Cave & Visitors Platform: Krynauw Nel Associates (PTY) LTD
  7. Number 1 Silo: Alan Gray Headquarters, Cape Town: Van der Merwe – Miszewski Architects, in association with Rick Brown Associates
  8. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : Karel A Bakker, Roger C Fisher and Nicholas J Clarke

Awards of Merit

  1. House La Lucia, Durban: designworkshop : sa
  2. Military Health Base Depot for SAMHS: Jeremie Malan Architects cc in association with Impendulo Architects
  3. New Residence Waterkloof, Pretoria: Slee & Co. Architects
  4. 79 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town: Metropolis
  5. 17 Glen Avenue Higgovale, Cape Town: studioMAS Architecture and Urban Design
  6. Malapa Fossil Cave & Visitors Platform: Krynauw Nel Associates (PTY) LTD
  7. Number 1 Silo: Alan Gray Headquarters, Cape Town: Van der Merwe – Miszewski Architects, in association with Rick Brown Associates
  8. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : Karel A Bakker, Roger C Fisher and Nicholas J Clarke
  9. House Scribante : Jason Erlank Architects
  10. Tree Canopy Walkway, Kirstenbosch : Mark Thomas Architects
  11. Heideveld Primary School, Athlone: Meyer & Associates, Architects and Urban Designers
  12. Sinkhuis, Stellenbosch: Slee & Co. Architects
  13. The Last Glass House : Thomashoff + Partner Architects
  14. Architectural Guide SA: Roger C Fisher and Nicholas J Clarke
  15. Watershed, Wolff Architects


  1. Liv Village, Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal: designworkshop : sa
  2. Wits Rural Facility Training and Research Centre : Kate Otten Architects
  3. New Coffeeshop and Showroom in Midrand for Foghound Interactive Coffee : Earthworld Architects cc
  4. House Du Plessis: Earthworld Architects cc
  5. House De Villiers Konsep Architects
  6. Moruleng Cultural Precinct Tshwane: office 24-7
  7. House Jonker: Thomas Gouws Architects + Interiors
  8. Light House: W Design Architecture Studio
  9. House Roodt: Roodt Architects
  10. Hermanus Community Day Care Centre : Gallagher Lourens Architects
  11. Oude Werf Hotel : Revel Fox & Partners cc
  12. House Nicholas: Noero Architects in association with Lemon Pebble Architects
  13. BMW (South Africa) Head Office: Boogertman +Partners Architects
  14. Outreach Foundation Community Centre : Local Studio
  15. Steyn City Clubhouse: Boogertman + Partners Architects
  16. Sandibe Okavango Safari Lodge, Okavango Delta, Botswana: Nicholas Plewman Architects in collaboration with Michaelis Boyd Architects

Celebrations to Continue

On 27 October 2016, the winners of the AfriSam SAIA Awards for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation will be announced.

And thus the excitement will continue through October until end of November when our new President, Treasurer, Vice President and Deputy Treasurer will be announced and inaugurated. I trust that all these exciting events punctuating the SAIA Calendar enable members to feel the enthusiasm and energy pulsing through SAIA’s veins, constantly bringing new life and energy to the proud architectural profession.



Ludwich Ackermann: Executive Manager:
Practice and Stakeholder Management

Practice Picking up Steam

After a busy few months, we can truly say that good progress is being made in the Practice Portfolio. We believe that we are bringing about meaningful changes within this pivotal portfolio.

1. SIPDM Workshop

On Monday the 26 September 2016 CESA, in alliance with the National Department of Treasury, hosted an event where professionals from the built environment were invited to attend, through their respective associations.

Since the 1 July 2016 the Standard for Infrastructure Procurement and Development (sometimes referred to as the Infrastructure Procurement and Development Management – Standard), has been implemented as the standard towards which all three tiers of government, municipal, provincial and national, should move with regards to their procurement strategies.

The intent of the training workshop was to create SIPDM Ambassadors that would be able to assist both clients and professionals alike, in adhering to and implementing the SIPDM in the future.

The training was facilitated by Ron Watermeyer who was instrumental in the writing of the SIPDM Standard. SAIA and its regions were well represented in the following attendees, that will be recognised as SIPDM Ambassadors after passing a forthcoming online exam. Please contact the regional executive or the national office to make contact with regional representatives that attended.

A copy of the IPDM Standard is available at: %20Standard.pdf


It is with great anticipation that the Practice Portfolio, and our willing volunteers serving on the PROCSA Committee, are expecting a revision in collaboration with two high profile law firms with extensive experience with contracting in the Construction field. We trust that by February 2017 a new refined suite of documents will see the light for use, not only in SADC countries but possibly the whole continent.

3. SANS 10400 XA

Currently SAIA national office is attending a series of meetings where amendments and additions are being made to the existing energy efficiency codes. These include the entire scope of energy efficiency regulations within the deemed to satisfy and rational design frameworks.

4. Banking Association of South Africa- Duty of Care

We are happy to announce that SAIA has managed to secure an engagement with the Banking Association of South Africa regarding the issue of Duty of Care letters. Progressively more and more members are being requested by some financial institutions to sign these documents. We are being assisted by our associates at Apigis Insurance to deal with this issue and create a less regulated environment for all Architects in the country.

5. AZA 2016 Practice Stream

This year marked the first fully-fledged practice stream at the AZA2016 conference. Although attendance at the AZA by professionals was reasonably low, we trust that the ground work has been done from which to build an even more exciting event in the future. Recordings of the Practice stream are in the process of being edited and these will form part of a strategic roll-out to the regions, possibly even as CPD Category 1 events

6. Suspect Bid’s and Tenders

We have come across several bids and tenders that do not have our member’s best interests at heart and could be detrimental to the sustainability of the industry, one of these tenders is currently with a specialist lawyer for evaluation and could lead to SAIA challenging the legality of this tender process.

7. Alternative dispute resolution

The Practice Portfolio has been approached to collaborate with Masters dissertation student at the Tshwane University of Technology. The study is built around the surveying of how common the practice of Alternative Dispute resolution is within both the Architect and Senior Technologist realm. The survey is currently ongoing and the agreement has been reached that the findings of the study will be released to SAIA and its members.

Please follow the link to take part in the survey:


As always we have members’ best interests at heart and are committed to dealing with relevant institutions to make the Practice environment increasingly conducive for members.

News@SAIA – Transformation Portfolio (October 2016)


Penelope Sebe
Executive Manager: Transformation.

#HashTag Where Has the Year Gone To?

It’s fascinating how quickly time goes by, it was only a few months ago that we were developing the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme, next thing July 2016 was upon us to officially launch the programme. I must say that the launch was a success and it’s all thanks to SAIA Limpopo, City of Polokwane, Limpopo Provincial Government for Education and SAIA members. We have received a lot of interest from students who are already studying towards their architectural degrees at various Architectural Learning Sites in South Africa, however, require financial assistance. SAIA is engaging corporates to invest in the bursary programme which will provide educational bursary opportunities to our architecture students who require financial aid. Should you also have an interest to invest in a future architect you can do so by making a financial pledge donation by clicking on the link below and your contribution will go into the bursary fund which will change another person’s life.

Keeping on the topic of time, SAIA entered the month of August 2016 with jubilation as the institute and its regions celebrated Women’s Month by hosting exquisite activities in the regions that spoke all things women. It was in that month the built environment commended its female professionals for their great contributions towards the built environment. In celebration of women architects, SAIA launched the SAIA Women in Architecture Monthly Series which profiles SAIA women architects in practice and academia. For us, women’s month is every month and not only in August, hence you will see many more women architects been profiled monthly.

As we fast forward to October 2016, exciting times are upon us, SAIA will be launching a SAIA Student Website, which will be linked to the SAIA website. This website will have all the relevant information students require; from Why Study Architecture?, Bursary Information, SAIA Student Chapter Membership, Outreach Activities and many more. Regions and companies interested in promoting student activities in their area can send an email to


From left: Kevin Bingham; Sindile Ngonyama; Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng (Exec Mayor, City of Polokwane); Ishmael Kgetjepe (Limpopo MEC of Education); Obert Chakarisa; Fanuel Motsepe


Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2016

Boogertman + Partners are pleased to announce that we have officially announced the winner of the annual Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2016.


Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2016 winner Kegan Stokes from WITS University

Over the past year, we have communicated this prestigious scholarship to all relevant tertiary institutions both in South Africa and the greater continent. We have selected 5 students whom we believe are the top architectural talent in Africa, and have invited these finalists to join the Boogertman + Partners team for three days to take part in the Boogertman + Partners Design Challenge, in order to select the winner of this award.

On Wednesday, the 14th of September 2016, the finalists met the Boogertman + Partners team at our Pretoria office where the finalists were given a design challenge. Finalists were challenged to design the first urbanLAB1.0 – a mixed use facility in Pretoria CBD that needed to provide living, working and implementation spaces for an international team tasked with inner city regeneration. They were given 48 hours, after which their designs were judged individually according to the communicated criteria.


  • Mr Bob van Bebber, Director, Boogertman + Partners
  • Mr Francois Bredenkamp, Director, Boogertman + Partners
  • Mr Jean Grobler, Director, Boogertman + Partners
  • Mr James Tannenberger, CEO, Zenprop Property Management
  • Professor Paul Kotze, Director of Architecture, WITS University
  • Professor Roger Fisher, Professor of Architecture, University of Pretoria
  • Professor Lesley Lokko, Professor of Architecture, University of Johannesburg
  • Ms Annemarie Meintjes, Visi Magazine


  • Orepa Mosidi, WITS University
  • Kegan Stokes, WITS University
  • Jason Ngibuini, WITS University
  • Chris Rojas, University of Johannesburg
  • Jan Diedeleff van Aswegen, University of Pretoria

WITS University School of Architecture student, Kegan Stokes, received the Boogertman + Partners Architectural Design Scholarship Award Africa 2016.

The judging took place at the 012 Central Events and Market Space on Friday, the 16th of September and was followed by an awards lunch ceremony. Prominent industry leaders and media were invited to this event.


2016 Finalists, left to right: Jan Diedelff van Aswegen; Jason Ngibuini; Orepa Mosidi; Kegan Stokes; Chris Rojas


Ilze Wolff Docomomo SA Chair Director, Wolff Architects

Ilze Wolff: Docomomo SA Chair
Director, Wolff Architects

I would like to convey my appreciation for the financial support SAIA has have given towards me presenting my paper at the 14th Docomomo International Conference: adaptive reuse, the modern movement towards the future in Lisbon from 6-9 September, 2016.

The conference attracts hundreds of scholars and practitioners around the world, engaged in modern architectural heritage bi-annually. This year the conference was held in the beautiful Gulbekian Centre in, a superbly restored modernist building in the heart of Lisbon. Keynote speakers included Lacaton & Vassal, and Adam Caruso of Caruso St John.

Docomomo SA was well represented. As part of the session called Intangible Heritage, I presented a paper called ‘Unstitching Rex Trueform: A Short Biography of a Building from Clothing Factory to Call Centre’. Docomomo SA member Mike Scurr presented a paper called Mediation in the Work of Revel Fox: Key Buildings Built Between 1955 and 1973 as part of a session called African Modernisms. It is also important to note that the conference was attended by a strong contingent of no less than eight Docomomo SA members. This is a clear indication towards the dedicated interest, concern and eagerness to learn how to protect our local modernist built heritage.

As chair of Docomomo SA I attended the council meeting. The agenda was extensive but the main items included the acceptance of new chapters in the Docomomo international network. Prior to the conference we were approached by Dr Ola Oduku to endorse the application for the formulation of Docomomo Ghana as a new working party. We submitted our letter of support and we are happy to report that the application was supported by the council. This means that Docomomo Ghana is a recognised working party and part of the Docomomo International network.

The conference ended with a celebration at a 1920s cruiseline terminal at the Lisbon harbour. Post conference tours were especially incredible. We visited the famous swimming pools by Alvaro Siza in Porto and the Braca Stadium by Eduardo Souto Moura. A huge surprise was that upon visiting the Boa Nova teahouse, Siza himself joined the group for a chat on the front terrace of this incredible work of art. He happened to be lunching there!

I returned stimulated, intellectually nourished and ready for applying the knowledge and observations of the trip.

Ilze Wolff: Docomomo SA Chair, Director, Wolff Architects

From left to right: Route and dressing rooms of the Leça Swimming Pools, Porto by Alvaro Siza, 1966 - Alvaro Siza sharing some insights with us during our tour of the Boa Nova Teahouse in Porto. - Boa Nova Teahouse in Porto designed by Alvaro Siza in 1966

From left to right: Route and dressing rooms of the Leça Swimming Pools, Porto by Alvaro Siza, 1966 – Alvaro Siza sharing some insights with us during our tour of the Boa Nova Teahouse in Porto. – Boa Nova Teahouse in Porto designed by Alvaro Siza in 1966

SAIA Free State, 95 Years Old

An important component of The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) is celebration; thus we join together nationally to celebrate SAIA Free State’s ninety fifth anniversary, an Institute that continues to strive for excellence and to make us proud.