About us

Foreword to The Constitution of The South African Institute of Architects

The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) is a voluntary association of affiliated and regional institutes established in 1996 and incorporates the previous national Institute of South African Architects (established in 1927) and the Regional Institutes of Architects of the former Cape (founded 1899), Eastern Province (founded in 1900 as the Port Elizabeth Society of Architects), Border (founded in 1946 as the East London Chapter of the Cape Provincial Institute), KwaZulu-Natal (founded in 1901), Orange Free State (founded in 1921) and Transvaal (founded in 1909). The Pretoria Institute of Architects was established in 1993 and the following new regional institutes were established in 1996: Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo (founded as Northern Province) and Mpumalanga.

SAIA is a member of the Africa Union of Architects (AUA), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the International Union of Architects (UIA), the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the International Committee Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement (DOCOMOMO).

Membership of the Institute is open to all architects, the only prerequisite being a recognised academic qualification, a minimum of 24 months practical experience and an examination in professional practice. Candidate membership is also open to those currently studying towards becoming a professional architect.

The fundamental principles of equality and justice are implicit in the Constitution. In terms of the constitution the Institute is committed to the principle of striving to be an outstanding professional organisation, which upholds the dignity of the profession and its members. It aims to promote excellence in architecture and it seeks to contribute to the enhancement of society and the environment.

Code of Ethics

The South African Institute of Architects and the Regional Institutes are committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and competence.

Members who voluntarily enroll with the Institute are required to uphold and subscribe to these objectives, and within the built environment, strive to improve the standards of health and safety for the protection and welfare of all members of society and to enhance with their professional skills, the natural environment to the benefit of all.  Members of the Institute, registered as professional architects, are educated and trained to provide leadership, critical judgment, specialist knowledge, skills and aptitude, for the design and development of the built environment.

The Code of Ethics establishes principles for the conduct of Members in pursuance of these goals. The Code is arranged in three sections:

  • Principles are broad principles of ethical conduct.
  • Rules are mandatory: violation of a rule is grounds for disciplinary action by the Institute.
  • Notes serve as commentary to assist members in complying with the Code and those charged with the enforcement of the Rules. (The Notes do not form part of the Rules.)

The Code addresses the responsibilities of all members in following their professional duties to:

  • The public which the profession serves and the environment which the profession strives to enrich;
  • The clients and users of architecture;
  • Other members of the architectural profession; and
  • The promotion of the art and science of architecture- that continuum of knowledge and creation which is the heritage and legacy of the profession.
  • Contractors, consultants, members of the public and other third parties affected by their work.

Board of Representatives & the Management Committee

SAIA is controlled by an elected Board of Representatives who holds office for a period of two years. The board elects the president and vice-president, and a four person management committee.

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SAIA Secretariat

The National Secretariat is based in Johannesburg.

South African Institute of Architects
Private Bag X10063
Bouhof (ground floor)
31 Robin Hood Road

TEL: +27 11 782 1315
FAX: +27 11 782 8771

e-mail: admin@saia.org.za

SAIA Code of Ethics