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New bursaries for aspiring architects

Artists’s impression of a home in Klaassensbosch.

South Africa has a low number of professional architects. Due to this, the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) launched its SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme last week in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The bursary programme aims to invest in future architects by providing educational bursaries to prospective students who are top academic performers in mathematics, science and have an interest in pursuing architecture as a career.

SAIA’s CEO, Obert Chakarisa, said South Africa doesn’t have enough architects to address the growing built environment demands, and that the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme aims to prop up those numbers to address these growing demands.

“The architectural profession has lagged behind in as far as opening up opportunities for entry of previously marginalised persons into the profession, more than two decades since attaining our democratic dispensation,” said Chakarisa. “Actual statistics paint a very appalling picture of the small number of previously marginalised persons who are plying their trade in the profession. This unfortunate state of affairs calls for urgent intervention, hence the development of the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme.”

The bursary is a full-year academic bursary, renewable annually on application, is available for first-time university or university of technology students, as well as students who are already studying architecture at an accredited Architectural Learning Site (ALS) in South Africa.

The bursary covers:

  • Tuition fees for a year

  • Accommodation and meals for a year

  • Study tools

  • For more information on how to donate funds or how to apply for a bursary visit www.saia.org.za 

Photo: Artists’s impression of a home in Klaassensbosch



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  • Charlene Wild 26th July 2018

    My son, Nicholas Wild has received his degree and honours in architecture at UFS.

    He is working this year at Paragon architects in Johannesburg.

    Nicholas wishes to do his Master’s next year at UFS, Bloemfontein.

    I work from home in East London. His dad is a pensioner in Johannesburg.

    How can my son apply for a bursary for 2019?

    Ms Charlene Wild