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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 endorsed by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

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Welcome to Gauteng Institute for Architecture

We are a voluntary association affiliated to the South African Institute of Architects and endorsed by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

Membership

Access affordable continual professional development lectures, workshops and seminars. Network with other built environment professionals.

Transformation

We believe that transformation is key to preserving our profession

Resources

Developed for architects and other interested parties with information that can assist in the development of themselves and the profession.

Gauteng Architecture

Providing information, opportunities and latest updates on various topics related to Architecture and Practice in the Built Environment.

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.

Johannesburg South Africa

Gauteng

Institute for

Architecture

About Us

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 endorsed by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

Our Mission

To serve our members’ interests, promote a better built environment and a greater awareness of Architecture.

Our membership currently totals 490 members, consisting of full members who are architects and affiliate members comprising of candidate architects, technologists, draughts people based in the Gauteng Region.

We offer continual professional development courses to our members and the public on topics ranging from heritage to professional practice. We do this by means of webinars, workshops, lectures, tours of iconic buildings, social events and exhibitions. Events are aimed at creating a networking and marketing platform for both professionals within the built environment as well as relevant government bodies and suppliers.

The Gauteng Institute for Architecture promotes inner city regeneration. We strive to be the voice of the profession and an informative platform to 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 schools of Architecture aims at promoting 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 through the promotion and representation of 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.

 

What is CPD?

In order to determine the conditions for renewal of registration, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) made the decision to introduce Continuing Professional Development (CPD). According to the Architectural Profession Act 2000 (Act 44 of 2000) section 22(2), SACAP may determine conditions for the renewal of registration.

SACAP has thus determined these conditions and the related CPD requirements, which was effective from 1 January 2007 to be COMPULSORY for all architectural Professionals. The purpose of CPD is the continuous development of skills which is in the best interest of Council, registered persons and the general public.

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