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:

  • “Faster, harder, smarter: towards a shared vision for sustainable human(e ) settlements” for the NDoHS establishing the Tsela Tshweu Design Team
  • Participation in working groups in the development of SABS 10400 chapters including Part XA (Energy usage) and Part S (Accessibility)
  • Curatorship of the Cities Month at the South Africa Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo in 2010, including focus group discussion, including the Launch of the State of the Cities Report 2011
  • Executive Curatorship of the Local Government Pavilion at the UNCC COP17-CMP 7 in Durban 2011
  • The hosting of the UIA COP17 parallel event at COP17 29+30 November 2011 as “Built environment strategies in response to Climate Change: Agro-urban settlements”
  • SAIA SHiFT position paper on Inclusionary Housing
  • SAIA comment on UIA sustainability international report
  • Scope of work and fees related to low income housing work group
  • NHBRC Industry Advisory Committee
  • Participation on expert task teams at the H D A, SHF, GBCSA, SABS, NHBRC
  • Several papers presented as guest lecturer or at conferences targeting strategic planning forums and Post-graduate academic courses
  • Key stakeholder invitation to the Minister of Human Settlements Budget Vote Speech 2011, Parliament Buildings, Cape Town