Welcome to Gauteng Institute for Architecture
The Gauteng Institute for Architecture is one of the oldest architectural organizations in South Africa, founded in 1900 as the Transvaal Institute of Architects. We are a voluntary association affiliated to the South African Institute of Architects and recognised by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.
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What is Architecture?
At its simplest, architecture is the design of buildings, groups of buildings and often the space between buildings. But the scope of architecture goes well beyond just the drawing of plans.
Architecture takes imagination; the ability to order ideas and communicate them clearly; creativity (not necessarily artistic ability); a keen interest in human behaviour, our habitat and the natural environment; and problem-solving skills.
The Gauteng Institute for Architecture is one of the oldest architectural organizations in South Africa, founded in 1900 as the Transvaal Institute of Architects. We are a voluntary association affiliated with the South African Institute of Architects and recognised by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.
To serve our members’ interests, promote a better built environment and a greater awareness of Architecture. To advance and protect the interests of our members.
Our membership consists of professional architects who are full members and affiliate members comprising of candidate architects, technologists, and draughts people based in the Gauteng Region.
We offer continuous professional development courses to our members and the public on topics ranging from heritage to professional practice. We do this through webinars, workshops, lectures, tours of iconic buildings, social events and exhibitions. Events aim to create a networking and marketing platform for professionals and relevant government bodies and suppliers within the built environment.
The Gauteng Institute for Architecture promotes inner city regeneration. We strive to be the voice of the profession and an informative platform for the public. Through hosting exhibitions in our office, we educate on architecture’s relevance to the public – its social and environmental impact.
Transformation is a key objective for the GIfA and is driven through education and promotion of the built environment professions.
Our presence in the architecture schools aims to promote cohesion between the practices and the Institutes of learning. We hold regional awards every second year to promote the best architecture in Gauteng.
GIfA aims to create a transformed and united profession by promoting and representing all built environment professionals in Gauteng. We are in partnership with The City of Johannesburg and other local government structures to further promote a united vision of the city and to provide architectural expertise where required.