SAIA supports events and initiatives that keep pace with developments in the dynamic architectural field and provide opportunities to develop the highest levels of competence in practice. The intention is to support and encourage “life-long learning” through Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

CPD Information Guide

This is a comprehensive overview of Continuing Professional Development, Basic Requirements for CPD, and CPD Categories.

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CPD Online Activities

Online learning is a response to market demand for more accessible, convenient and cost-effective educational programmes. There are a number of organisations that provide architectural e-learning services to architectural professionals:

PIA Online CPD Events

Online CPD Events presented by the Pretoria Institute of Architects network of professionals.

CIfA CPD Presentations

Cape Institute for Architecture CPD Presentations are provided as a means of enhancing skills, education and training.

CPD On-Demand

CPD On-Demand is a commercial service that provides Architectural Professionals with an easy to use on-line method of accessing a selection of “Study Aids” that enable them to earn CPD credits. The content of the Service is being added to consistently.

Benefits to Users are:

  • Convenient online access to CPD Training
  • Supplements CPD training events
  • Reduced time spent away from the office
  • Reduced costs of obtaining CPD Credits
  • Greater choice of CPD training material
  • Access to the latest information on the technical application of manufacturers’ products


In addition to CPD activities that are held throughout the year, SAIA hosts, promotes and partners on events and initiatives that are geared towards assisting architects build and maintain their professional networks, and access the most inspiring local and international thought leadership content.

Partnerships and Initiatives include:

World Architecture Festival
Grand Designs
Youth in Construction
The Professions and Project Register
To Build: Plan, Design, Build, Interior and Exterior Décor
SA Building Review
SAIA KZN Job Readiness Panel Discussion

SAIA Events

Transformation Webinar Series - 2021
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #1 topic: race, transformation and saia panellists:
dr sechaba maape
arch. adheema davis
arch. kumarsen thamburan
arch. aj corbett
facilitated by prof. amira osman
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #2 topic: decolonising architectural education panellists:
prof. ariane janse van rensburg
arch. jabu makhubu
arch. Sadiq Toffa
facilitated by arch. karuni naidoo
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #3 topic: generation dialogue panellists:
ukzn graduate, parishka pillay
arch. kgaugelo lekalakala
arch. lwazikazi ngodwane
facilitated by arch. karuni naidoo
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #4 topic: why architects should be feminists panellists:
dr. diaan van westhuizen
arch. gita goven
arch. mphethi morojele
dr. victoria heilman
facilitated by arch. karuni naidoo
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #5 topic: no borders panellists:
arch. thandeka palai
arch. vinesh chintaram
arch. jacinta kabarungi
facilitated by arch. karuni naidoo
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #6 topic: practicing… panellists:
arch. jonathan manning
arch. henning erasmus
facilitated by arch. karuni naidoo
Transformation Webinar Series - 2022/2023
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #1 – women in architecture, session one topic: : re-imagining leadership to achieve gender equity (session one) panellists:
prof. amira osman
arch. mabela qhobela
arch. karuni naidoo
arch. velka laubscher
facilitated by dr. jennifer mirembe
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #1 – women on architecture, session two topic: : a new table (session two) panellists:
ms. leila petersen; ms. firdous moerat;
ms. chelsea smith; arch. bongeka mnguni;
arch. sonali chetty; arch. katlego lebethe;
arch. letlhabile shubane; ms. mihle mlenzana;
ms. lynette thabo; arch. boitumelo masela
facilitated by arch. adheema davis and dr. jennifer mirembe
saia ‘many voices’ webinar #2 – world architecture day 2022 topic: : architecture for well-being panellists:
arch. catherine sani
arch. tsitsi dzvukamanja
arch. sydney ngoma
facilitated by arch. fanuel motsepe
SAIA “many voices' #3 inclusive pedagogies towards inclusive architecture topic: : inclusive pedagogies toward inclusive architecture panellists:
arch. tebogo ramatlo
arch. sonali chetty
arch. john kagiso molebatsi
facilitated by prof. yashaen luckan
SAIA "many voices" #4 ethics, values and re-aligning the moral compass topic: : ethics, values and re-aligning the moral compass panellists:
ms. barbara mommen
arch. kumarsen thamburan
arch. krynauw nel
qs. majute paul kgole
facilitated by arch. karuni Naidoo

2021 - 2023 Practice webinars
SAIAShare#1 Topic: How to speak to people – Marketing for Architects
Presenter: Jacqui Barhouch
Topic: Craft in the 4th Industrial Revolution
Presenter: Andre Nel
SAIAShare#2 Topic: Treasury regulations for Architects
Presenter: Sydney Lefifi
Topic: Potentials and Constraints – designing buildings in the real world
Presenter: David Peerutin
SAIAShare#3 Topic: The Business of Practice- working profitably
Presenter: Simmy Peerutin
Topic: The Making of Silo 6, Radisson Red Hotel, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town – collaboration in architecture.
Presenter: Luyanda Mphalwa
SAIAShare#4 Topic: P & G’s under the JBCC-What architects need to know.
Presenter: Peter Barnard
Topic: The Story of how sketching buildings has uncovered the emotional association people have with buildings.
Presenter: Abigail Alice
SAIAShare#5 Topic: The New 2021 Client Architect Agreement
Presenter: Colin Scott
Topic: Estate Escapades – the challenge to accept or push aside
Presenter: Kevin Lloyd
SAIAShare#6 Topic: Re-Purpose – from shopping mall to city centre
Presenter: Heather Dodd
Topic: Staying Grounded – An exploration into the opportunities the diverse natural landscape of SA has to offer the architectural field.
Presenter: Janri Lemmer
SAIAShare#7 Topic: Overlooked Assets – The asset every architect has in their building documentation and how to turn this into another revenue stream.
Presenter: Rudd van Deventer
Topic: Defend or Include – The dichotomy of our city.
Presenter: Tanzeem Razak
SAIAShare#8 Topic: Exploring the SAIA Compendium of Practice Guidelines
Presenter: Emile Paulsen
Topic: Architects as Captains of the construction industy
Presenter: Al Stratford
SAIAShare#9 Topic: Architectural Practice as a Space of Praxis – A thinking and making dialect around shifting notices of cultural projects
Presenter: Nabeel Essa
Topic: Removing speed bumps – to fast track development
Presenter: Ian Bell
SAIAShare#10 Topic: Architects know you business
Presenter: Tim Holmes
Topic: Sol Plaatje University Competition winners
Presenter: Cohen and Garson Architects
SAIAShare#11 Topic: What architects need to know about solar and alternative sources.
Presenter: Andre Nel
Topic: Experimental Futures – radical experimentation in architectural pedagogy.
Presenter: Phadi Mabe
SAIAShare#12 Topic: Disagreements in the architectural industry.
Presenter: Tania Glavas
Topic: Going beyond solar studies – can science create poetics in architecture?
Presenter: Paul Carter
SAIAShare#13 Topic: Observations from 40 years of architectural evaluation.
Presenter: John Dovey
Topic: The architecture of Peter Rich – Conversation with Africa.
Presenter: Prof Jonathan Noble
SAIAShare#15 Topic: Why architects need to do more feasibility studies
Presenter: Dr Jeremy Gibberd
Topic: The new modes of Practise necessitated by the crises that our cities are facing
Presenter: Thiresh Govender
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