The Cape Institute for Architecture is the largest regional architecture body in South Africa, with the potential to influence development in the city of Cape Town and the wider region.
Over the last year, the Institute has been getting more involved in the many design and urban planning initiatives, and partnering with like-minded organisations, to provide support with access to the expertise of a very strong membership base.
One of the most important changes that has taken place the past year was the transformation of the organisation into a more project-focussed one, with projects driven by members passionate about the issues. This approach has encouraged more members stepping forward to volunteer, and allows the Institute to undertake more projects and initiatives. The CPD programme has also been completely overhauled and is now demand-driven.
The Cape Institute for Architecture has continued to review legislative issues on behalf of its members, such as the new zoning scheme, which will have a huge impact on both the profession and its clients, and yet somehow slipped under the radar and has had very little coverage or debate
Goals for the year ahead include further involvement in education, from grassroots level, with the aim to promote architecture as a profession amongst school-age children, as well as engaging with current architecture students and recent graduates.
Cape Town is a hive of creative activity, and the place where great design is nurtured and developed. As World Design Capital 2014 approaches, we will have the opportunity to show the world the incredible work being generated here, and for that influence to be felt across South Africa.