Our Mission​

Promoting Supporting and
Enabling Pretoria’s Architecture.

The PIA is based in the capital city and strives to assist the professional needs of all of its members. 

The PIA’s region include Gauteng and the North West Province and has members in Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and even abroad.

The PIA was created to serve the interest of architects and to further its regions’ unique architectural heritage.




We stand for equity
and human rights

Access to good design is a fundamental right, and architects are the agents of change to make this right a reality. We stand for human and civil rights, the universal respect for human dignity, and the unbiased treatment of all persons in employment, civic, and business transactions regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, or religious practices.

Our commitment to tolerance is evidenced not just by the policies we adopt, but in the words we speak, the actions we take, and the buildings we design. This is why we advocate for protecting and expanding laws that reflect these values, such as fair housing policies, civil rights protections, and accessibility to the built environment for all.

We stand for architecture
that strengthens our communities

Infrastructure is more than roads and bridges. It is the public buildings that are the bedrock of our communities—like schools, hospitals, libraries, police and fire stations, parks and government buildings. For too long, policymakers allowed these spaces to deteriorate, reducing safety and diminishing the quality of life for millions across the nation.

Architects are uniquely positioned to guide policymakers to make informed decisions about reinvesting in our communities’ essential buildings and spaces. That is why we advocate for policies that invest in well-designed civic infrastructure.

We stand for a
sustainable future

At a time when the world is feeling the damaging effects of excessive carbon in our atmosphere, the PIA will continue to advocate for policies that protect the environment by encouraging the design, preservation and construction of high-performing buildings. Reducing the carbon footprint of buildings is not just good for the environment; it’s good for business.

We stand for protecting communities
from the impact of climate change

Global warming and man-made hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation. Rising sea levels and devastating natural disasters result in unacceptable losses of life and property.

Resilient and adaptable buildings are a community’s first line of defence against disasters and changing conditions of life and property. That is why we advocate for robust building codes and policies that make our communities more resilient.

We stand for
economic opportunity

Architects, the backbone of the nation’s design and construction industry, are entrepreneurs and small businesses. Working in offices, storefronts, and home offices in every community, design firms do more than simply create great spaces: they create well-paying jobs and opportunity. But with narrow profit margins and increasing costs of running a firm, many struggle just to meet their business plans.

We stand for policies that help firms thrive, not hold them back. That means a fee scale that treats architectural professionals fairly, small business programs that provide access to loans and financing support and programs that give small firms the chance to compete. That is why the PIA advocates for policies that ensure small firms remain strong contributors to the nation’s economy.

We stand for
investing in the future

A generation of young people is being held back by a lack of access to education and the crushing burden of student debt. Nowhere is this truer than in architecture, where recent graduates are often forced to leave the profession to pay down student loans.

Without a pool of qualified architects to design buildings, projects will not move forward, stifling economic development. That is why the PIA advocates for policies that provide better access and financing for young people to enter and remain in the profession of architecture.

We speak up, and
policymakers listen

The PIA members, together with the other regional members of SAIA, carry a powerful voice for the values they uphold in their practices each and every day. As natural facilitators and problem-solvers, architects stand ready to give input in the development of new policies that create a better, stronger, and more equitable and sustainable society.

Through a culture of values-based advocacy, PIA members are committed to engaging in the policy-making process and to focus the power of design on solving the challenges facing our nation.


Our Passion





273 Tram street, 
Nieuw Muckleneuk,



Become a member

Membership is open to all registered professional architectural practitioners or those who are eligible for registration with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP).

The benefits of membership are vast and valuable!

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