A Client's guide to working with a SAIA Architect

Architects are highly skilled, trained professionals who plan, design and oversee the construction of buildings. Whether you are an individual or an organisation, this guide is intended to assist you when embarking on a building project. It explains what architects do, outlines the services that architects can offer, and demonstrates how the services of an architect can benefit your building project.

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SAIA Membership

The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) is a membership organisation, founded and structured to benefit professional architects. When signing up for membership with a region of SAIA and SAIA you receive a wealth of value and benefits.

SAIA Member Benefits

Your guide to holding an Architectural Competition

Architecture is the most visible and public of the arts. Every addition to the built environment should therefore contribute in a meaningful way to our surroundings, the built and natural environment that make up the human experience. Architectural competitions promote interest in a project from inception to completion, and the promoter or client stands to gain a sense of achievement and enhanced pride of ownership in a project. The South African Institute of Architects considers that it is in the best interests of the promoter, the profession and the nation that important public buildings should be the subject of architectural competitions. These initiatives are also ideal for the design of projects in the private sector. Competitions offer a number of benefits to both the promoter as well as to competitors.

SAIA Competition Guidelines

Fees Guideline

Guideline Professional Fees - Board Notice, 172 of 2021.

Job vacancies

Should you wish to advertise architectural positions to our members, please contact