Membership of the Cape Institute for Architecture is voluntary, and is recognised as a symbol of support of excellence in the practice of architecture. Members are automatically registered with the South African Institute of Architecture.

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The Cape Institute for Architecture is the largest of the 11 regional institutes and therefore enjoys a position of influence at a national level.

The Institute’s membership comprises a network of individuals and practices with a vast array of skills and knowledge within the built environment – and the Institute encourages sharing of expertise and ongoing dialogue between members, strengthening the profession.

The Institute provides support for its members through various channels, such as its continuing professional development (CPD) programme and practice advisory service, and seeks to position the practice of architecture through its public engagement programme and by provide educational support. The Institute also engages with local government as well as national bodies, on issues facing development and the built environment in the Western Cape.
The day-to-day activities of the Cape Institute for Architecture relies on member input, supported by a team of administration staff. Participation in the Institute’s activities and involvement in the committees is encouraged, and presents the opportunity to make a difference in the practice of architecture and raise the profile of the profession.
Full membership is open to professional architects, architectural technologists and draughtspersons, and candidate architects. Other memberships are available for Students, Honorary Members, Retired Members and Friends of the CIfA.

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