67% of the South African population live in cities. Increasing urbanisation puts significant pressure on the demand for adequate and appropriate housing as well as the natural environment. Affordable housing and buildings that minimise environmental impact can change cities into inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable living and work spaces. Architecture involves the design of buildings and associated structures.
Architects engage with builders, engineers, urban planners, interior designers, and other professionals involved in building projects. They mainly work in an office environment and could spend some time visiting building and construction sites.
Architects must have excellent spatial competence and understanding of architectural principles and design and knowledge of building regulations. They will additionally benefit from:
Prepare project designs integrated with structural, mechanical and aesthetic elements
Write building specifications and contract documents for builders
Liaise and consult with clients and relevant stakeholders and specialists
Monitor construction or restoration projects to ensure compliance with quality standards and regulations
B.Arch.Stud., B.Arch.Stud. (Hons), M.Arch. at NMU, UCT, UFS, UJ, UKZN, UP and Wits
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Applied Science Architecture at UP
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Architectural Technology at DUT, NMU, TUT and UJ
National, provincial and local government.
Building contractor and construction companies.