SAIA Biennial Convention - 29th to 31st of October 2008
Don’t miss the premier event on the South African architectural calendar!

Three Day Conference

Sustainability is globally not negotiable, and in South Africa, given our new constitution, humaneness and inclusivity are equally vital social elements. As such creating a sustainable, humane and inclusionary built environment is the focus of the SAIA Convention 2008. Join architects, property owners, policy makers and other built environment industry stakeholders as they grapple with the challenges and opportunities that this endeavour may present.

Learn about various new building materials, products and technologies and experience their practical application in a comprehensive exhibition format Increase your competitive advantage in the dynamic new architectural economy

Leading architects and other built environment experts from South Africa and abroad will deliver a series of lectures and presentations across the themes.

Nnamdi Elleh, expert of African architecture and based in the US; Karan Grover, celebrated Indian architect based in India; and Joe Osae Addo from Accra; as well as leading South African architects will speak on the theme of moving towards a sustainable, humane and inclusionary built environment. The speaker panel will also lead a series of workshops and discussion forums geared to fleshing out a deeper understanding of the issues and also initiating programs to implement recommendations and undertakings by stakeholders.

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Workshops and discussion sessions will take place each day and will enable delegates to engage with the speakers and other leading built environment professionals and stakeholders on key areas such as sustainable humane and inclusionary design.


Corobrik SAIA Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner

The awards dinner will take place on Friday evening 31 October, during which the prestigious Awards for Excellence will be made.  The evening is a high profile formal affair and guests will be entertained by prominent South Africa bands.

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The event will feature an exhibition of products, services and materials and an exhibition of the Merritt Award winning buildings from each reagion.

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Various architectural tours will be available to delegates on Saturday 1 November, and will include: the urban design tour, human settlement tour, tour of OR Tambo Airport and a number of others.

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Continuing Professional Development

Attendance of the 2,5 day Conference will attract 2,5 Category One CPD Credits, and those who also attend the SAIA Convention on Friday afternoon will receive an additional 0.2 Credits.


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Dr. Nnambdi Elleh
Rodney Harber
Mokena Makeka
Jeremy Rose
Llewellyn van Wyk
Peter Rich
Joe Ossae - Addo
Carin Smuts
Gaetan Siew