CPDI Africa Newsletter 20 September 2017
Professional Architecture Associations on the Continent: 
The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA)


The South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) is a voluntary association of affiliated and regional institutes established in 1996 and incorporates the previous national Institute of South African Architects (established in 1927) and the Regional Institutes of Architects of the former Cape (founded 1899), Eastern Province (founded in 1900 as the Port Elizabeth Society of Architects), Border (founded in 1946 as the East London Chapter of the Cape Provincial Institute), KwaZulu-Natal (founded in 1901), Orange Free State (founded in 1921) and Transvaal (founded in 1909). The Pretoria Institute of Architects was established in 1993 and the following new regional institutes were established in 1996: Northern Cape, North West, Limpopo (founded as Northern Province) and Mpumalanga. 
SAIA is a member of the Africa Union of Architects (AUA), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), the International Union of Architects (UIA), the International Commission on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), and the International Committee Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the modern movement (DOCOMOMO).

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CPDI Africa Feature:

Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck - innovative African furniture designers 

African Themed Chairs Made in Moroso
.."l think there is so much of Africa and in this  showcases the creativity of a few of the great artists and personalities of contemporary African culture. Going beyond the stereotypes that present Africa as a tragic or, at best, exotic experience, we want to highlight some aspects of contemporary African culture, which is in effect comparable to global culture. Looking at Africa through the eyes of contemporary art, photography, architecture and design is perhaps the most appropriate way of approaching this vast, powerful continent, so creatively rich and diverse that today it is still one of western modernity’s greatest sources of inspiration”.




The Community Planning & Design Initiative Africa (CPDI Africa) is a culture-inspired, research based, design-build competition, created to inspire the development of successful neighborhoods and communities on the continent, with modern African architecture that is both culturally and environmentally sustainable.

Nmadili Okwumabua - Founder, CPDI Africa
Amina Manko Ibrahim - Project Manager
Nicole Moyo - Social Media Intern
Asabe Mamza - Graphic Designer
Dominic Ajagba - Web Manager

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