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2009-01 Issued on 2009.04.02

The South African Institute of Architects

e-communication : for more information please visit ■ WELCOME Warm greetings to all our members. We hope that 2009 will be a year in which great strides are made by all, despite the economic downturn. Times like these call for a re-evaluation and reimagining how we do business to maximum efficiency. The year is hurtling on at breakneck speed and it has also been a busy start to the year for the SAIA office. ■ MEETINGS The SAIA Board of Representatives and seven national Portfolio Committees met at the beginning of March. Outcomes of these meetings will be communicated to members in next month’s newsletter. SAIA representatives attended a SACAP Bosberaad held on Friday 27 March entitled Raising the Bar in growing the profession. This Bosberaad, the third of its kind, brought together all the Voluntary Associations (VAs) recognised by SACAP, as well Architectural Learning Sites (Accredited Schools of Architecture) under one roof to workshop areas of mutual benefit to the profession. The size of the Bosberaad has grown with each held and the united front heralds an era of cooperation which has the potential of strengthening the profession, and raising the profile of architectural professionals in society. The day culminated with the presentation of certificates of recognition to all the VAs.


Representatives from SACAP and the following VAs: Des Laubscher (IID), Su Linning (SAIA), Malcolm Campbell (SACAP President),Danashwar Basdew (SAIBD), Zola Kgaka (SAIA), Peter Brown (SAIAT), Dorothy Brislin (SACAP Registrar), Laura Hayward (IID) , Maureen Gerrans(SAID), Frans Dekker (SAIAT), Braam de Villiers(PIA), Al Alexander(PIA) ■ SAIA APPOINTMENTS It is with great pleasure that we announce two new appointments in the SAIA secretariat. The portfolios of Promotions and Communication are being dealt with by Ms Zola Kgaka (Pr Arch). The portfolios of Heritage and Habitat will be handled by the Social Housing Focus Trust (SHiFT) represented by its Executive Manager, Diane Arvanitakis (Pr Arch). These full time appointments are in line with increasing the capacity of the SAIA secretariat with the aim of providing more effective delivery to our members in these areas. Further administrative appointments are imminent at the secretariat with the departure of Jacquie Cullis to join SACAP as their new Marketing Manager. SAIA thanks Jacquie for her services over

the past three years, and wishes her well in her new position. ■ WORLD DAY OF ARCHITECTURE The Council of the International Union of Architects, meeting in San José (Costa Rica) on 15 – 16 February 2009, adopted the following theme for the 2009 World Day of Architecture: Architects’ Energy versus Global Crises. To celebrate the 2009 World Day of Architecture, all UIA Member Sections are invited to present local and national projects that demonstrate the energy architects are expending to alleviate the planetary crises, and the architectural and urban solutions they have developed. th The WDA is traditionally organised on the first Monday of October each year which is 5 October in 2009. ■ COROBRIK - SAIA AWARDS Preparations for the biennial SAIA Awards of Merit and Excellence have begun in earnest. The Regions have begun to issue invitations to their members to submit projects in their respective Regional offices. Check your Regional Newsletters for details. It is hoped that members will take this opportunity to participate in this prestigious event to showcase their works completed in of the years 2007 and 2008. Members are reminded to make submissions in the region in which their project falls under. In the case of international projects, the entry is to be submitted to the Region in which the office falls under. The winners of the Regional Awards who are corporate SAIA members, will automatically be entered into the Corobrik SAIA Awards of Merit and Awards for Excellence. ■ WORLD HABITAT AWARDS

The Building and Social Housing Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2009 edition of the World Habitat Awards. For more details, go to the following website: or email:

■ WORLD ARCHITECTURE FESTIVAL AWARDS The prestigious World Building of the Year and other awards are open for entry as part of the world's biggest architectural summit, the World Architecture Festival 2009 to be held in Barcelona from 4-6 November. For more information, go to : ■ COROBRIK ARCHITECTURAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2008 The winner of the 2008 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award was announced at a well th attended, gala presentation at the Wanderers’ Club in Johannesburg, on the evening of the 18 of March 2009. Willem Steenkamp of the University of the Free State was the recipient of the award for his project, The Herero Cultural Centre and Genocide Memorial. The entries, representing seven Schools of Architecture, were varied in nature. They ranged from temporary, transformational, interventionalist, humanity-driven, to cosmic architecture. They all represented the best their institutions have to offer and were of a commendably high standard.



Finalists: Standing - Guy Trangos (Wits), Ilse Scheun (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), Christo van der Westhuizen (TUT), Rep for Danielle Reimers (UCT), Mark Belligan (UKZN), Emmanuel Nkambule (University of Pretoria)

Winning Project Model: The Herero Cultural Centre and Genocide Memorial Winning Student: Willem

In Front: Willem Steenkamp (UFS) ■ CONFERENCES

CONFERENCES African Perspectives

African Perspectives 2009 The African Perspectives 2009 Conference, hosted by the University of Pretoria and the Pretoria Institute for Architecture will be taking place from 24-28 September 2009. The theme is African City Centre (Re) sourced. For full details and the Call for Entries, go to Xth International Forum for Young Architects The International Council of French Architects (CIAF) and the Worldwide Federation of Young Architects are holding a forum for Architects under forty entitled Mountain Sports and Leisure Green Resort from 20-31 July 2009 in the French city of Font-Romeu. Registration closes on 15 April 2009 at 12midnight (French local time). For further information go to or contact Sophie Goodfriend on Energy Efficiency in (the) Urban Environment The French Development Agency (AFD) and the French Trade Commission invite attendance to a th th conference on “Energy Efficiency in the Urban Environment” to be held on the 5 and 6 of May at the Rosebank hotel in Johannesburg. Registration closes 7 April 2009. For more information : th For the seminar on 5 May, th For the business forum on 6 May, email Heritage Tanzania (In association with the AUA) Architects Association of Tanzania (AAT) in collaboration with the Africa Union of Architects, is proud to host HERITAGE TANZANIA, an event that sees the coming together of four separate architectural events that will take place in the city of Dar es Salaam from 1st - 4th June 2009. Architects Association of Tanzania wishes to invite all built environment professionals from Tanzania and Africa and all AUA members institutes to attend. For more information and registration, contact the Architects Association of Tanzania on:

Young Architects

Energy Efficiency


■ SOCIAL HOUSING TOUR SHiFT Tour of the Netherlands The Social Housing Focus Trust (SHiFT) is organising an eight day study tour of the Netherlands social housing sector and is making 14 places available to those interested in accompanying them. They would like to see as diverse a group as possible participating to provide a depth of experience and opportunities to expose the dovetailing between practitioners in the sector. The limitations in the number of places offered require that those interested in participating submit an application form and a letter of motivation by the 07 April 2009. SHiFT will compose a diverse group and inform applicants of their successful applications by 09 April 2009. The tour runs from 30 June to 8 July 2009. For further details, see or contact Diane Arvanitakis / Msizi Khuhlane on 0731868409 or email: ■ SARAH BARTMANN COMPETITION EXTENSION

Kindly note that the registration date for The Sarah Bartmann competition has been extended. All th interested persons are to register by 5pm on the 17 April. For details please go the following website: . ■ SAIA CPD VALIDATED COURSES

A number of CPD courses have been validated for 2009. For a comprehensive list of validated courses, please refer to our website


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