CIFA Newsletter – September 2020

Simple dignity and fitness is what I have learnt from our vernacular architecture and what has subconsciously been an inspiration in my own work.”


Dear CIfA Member

We hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe during these uncertain and trying times.
We have entered the final stretch of a really strange year. However, it is Spring and spirits are lifting … now we are on level 1 of lockdown, which means most normal activities are possible once again. Things are still cold and wet, but it looks like we have received sufficient amounts of rain to sustain us through the summer that is beckoning.

Gabriel Theron (Gawie) Fagan 15.11.1925 – 13.09.2020

The Fagan family is arranging an intimate and private get-together to celebrate the life of Gawie Fagan this coming Sunday 27 September 2020 at 17h00. Attendance will be limited to family and close friends and is by invitation only. They are working on streaming the event live and we will inform you as soon as the details are finalised. Please keep an eye on your emails.

In addition, the CIfA decided to host a celebration of his life and work at our gallery on his birthday of 15 November 2020. This occasion will be open to all who want to attend. We will make more detail available once confirmed.

CIfA Invoices for the Financial Year 2020/2021

A new financial year – invoices have been sent out to all members and payments are coming in fast and furious. Thank you all very much. Please do not forget to put as a reference either your SAIA/CIfA membership number or name and surname as reference when depositing money directly into our account or when electronic transfers are made. As stated in the letter, which was sent together with your invoice, a 20% discount is applicable if subscription fees are paid before the end of September 2020.

It would be greatly appreciated if those members that find themselves in a position to be able to make the subscription payment could do so. This will assist in alleviating the financial difficulties the Institute is about to face and make it possible to defer payments for more financially vulnerable members.

If any member need to make special payment arrangements, please e-mail

Continuing Professional Development

Members are reminded that the Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) previously recorded a range of CPD events/talks which can be accessed via the CIfA website These videos are awarded the same CPD credits and cost the same as the live event and are specifically designed for those members in the outlying areas and for those members who prefer to binge watch and earn all their required Category 1 CPD credits. This will mean that from the comfort of your home you can collect/engage with CPD Category 1 credits. See attached on how to access these videos.

Great Architecture Books from the CIfA Office

It’s that time of year when thoughts start to turn to gift-giving, and what better gift for an architect than a beautiful book on architecture? If this thought had indeed crossed your mind, the attached list of available titles is attached for your perusal.

Send your order to or call 021-424 7128.

Annual Builders’ Holiday 2020/2021

The holiday period has been agreed by the parties to the Building Industry Bargaining Council. Details are:

Friday, 11 December 2020 – last working day, first leave day being 14 December 2020

Monday, 11 January 2021 – first working day.

SACAP Publishes the Guideline and Framework for Professional Fees

In compliance with the provisions of the Architectural Profession Act and the Council for the Built Environment (CBE) Act, the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) on 17 July 2020, consulted extensively with all Voluntary Associations, and registered persons to determine Guideline Professional Fees. Following the consultation with the Voluntary Association, the Guideline Professional Fees have been published in the gazette and is attached for your records.

The MacMillan Foundation

The MacMillan foundation is a registered NPC, established for training and empowerment. Qualifying students can apply for bursaries in support of the completion of their post-graduate degree in Architecture. More than that, the NPC is focused on investing time, sharing knowledge and providing a support framework, for future designers and critical thinkers!

See attached Bursary Information and Application Form.
Closing date: 16th October 2020

Mentorship Required

See attached CV for Mr. Ebrahim Mullajee

Are any of our members able to assist this gentleman through mentorship to achieve the required work experience for him to be able to sit his Professional Practice Examination early next year?

Please contact Asa ( if you are able to assist.

WAF goes virtual in December, returning as live event in June 2021

New for 2020, WAFVirtual promises to be the world’s must-attend virtual architecture festival. Taking place from the 30 November – 4 December, it will consist of panel discussions, special WAF prizes, networking events and talks. WAFVirtual will bring together the global architecture community at a crucial time. Attendance is free.

Register here:

My Favourite Project

We received 44 submissions and we started publishing these projects on Instagram as well as Facebook . We invite you, our Insta Family, to vote and tell us what your favourite project is by liking the post of any of the entries received from our architectural practitioners. #myfavoriteprojectcifa #Celebratedarchitecture #Mostbeautifuldesigncifa #cifa #saarchitecture

“Architecture is the art and science of making sure that our cities and buildings actually fit with the way we want to live our lives: the process of manifesting our society into our physical world.”


UCT BAS(Honours) Fundraising Exhibition

Members are reminded that the exhibition closed on Monday 31 August 2020. There are still some drawings/prints for sale. Feel free to contact the CIfA to find out what is still available and show your support for this worthy initiative. Attached is the exhibition catalogue for easy reference.

2021 Virtual Conference on Sustainable Built Environments

For further details, click here:

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