About the Institute

The South African Institute of Building Designers was established in 1972 as a direct result of the then new architects act, seeking to limit non architects from designing buildings in excess of 200 square meters.

The early group of members were entrepreneurs, all having their own architectural draughting practices, where the proposed 200 square meter limit severely limited their lively hood.

It was with great tenacity that these early members where able to force the then government to raise the area limit to 500 square meters. We are involved today in ensuring that our membership receives its‚ fare share of the new architectural matrix of reserved work.

This same tenacity and oneness of spirit exists in today‚ numerous SAIBD membership, now made up of draughts persons to architects and from architectural practice owners to individual architectural employees.

In today‚ world we are concerned with our membership‚ involvement in attaining CPD points and climbing the architectural ladder of achievement. As well as being an ever present body of knowledge, to assist our membership in advice and problem solving.


To achieve the best possible design criteria for our clients, and in doing so create an environment that allows all South Africans to live complete and meaningful lives.


To continually strive to improve the design quality and ability of our members, through education and training, in order to achieve our mission.


Click here to view a list of contacts for our members.

Click here if you’re interested in becoming a member.