The SAIA aims to advocate and support members and the inhabitants of our country in the delivery of sustainable, human(e) and inclusionary built environment through architectural design supported by SAIA’s Habitat Policy drafted in 2010 (insert hyperlink to document on SAIA server).
SAIA’s advocacy work is undertaken at two levels, at National level through the SAIA Executive and national office, whilst regional interactions are undertaken by SAIA Regions through their respective Habitat committees.
The Habitat Portfolio interacts with various key stakeholders as follows:
National Government: this constitutes attendance at forums, commentary on policy, the predominant activity is to increase the understanding of the role of architect in the built environment and socio-economic restructuring through the National Department and Ministry of Human Settlements predominantly through the Rental Housing, Stakeholder Management departments. Other forums include the Department of Environmental Affairs, Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, the National Planning Commission.
Local Government / Municipalities: SAIA has through the Local Government for COP17 engaged at Mayoral Committee levels enabled through collaborative initiatives with Government Agencies below. SAIA Regions committees engage with municipalities on an adhoc or project related basis.
Government Agencies: Regular interactions aiming to build relationships with potential partners including South African Local Government Association, National Home Builders Registration Council, the Construction Industry Development Board, the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (formerly the Social Housing Foundation), the Housing Development Agency
Institutions: Interactions vary from regular to project related interactions with SA Cities Network, National Association of Social Housing, Schools of Architecture, South African Council for Planners, other non-governmental organisations. SAIA hold representation at the Green Building Council through nominated SAIA BoR representative and members participate on working groups.
Key Stakeholder: partnerships are developed to assist SAIA in the delivery of its mandate.
Members: the Committee has called on specific contributions from active our members
The Habitat National Committee constitutes specialists in the sector in the areas of green buildings, accessibility, academia, urban design and through SHiFT housing and policy expertise.
Since April 200 SHiFT acted as the delivery agent for the Habitat and Heritage Portfolio, a not-for-profit organization with the cross cutting expertise to manage and coordinate the activities of the SAIA objectives. SHiFT responds to SAIA’s policies and protocols in the delivery of the portfolio activities.
Some of the recent outcomes include: