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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.

We Know The Industry with

48 Years Of Experience In Building Design

"SAIDB is an ever present body of knowledge, to assist our membership in advice and problem solving."

Videsh Boodu - National Vice President

Understand the market

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.

Build People's Dreams

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.

Work Hard to Succeed

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.


(including other VA’s) is authorised to validate Continuing Professional Development Courses and has accredited and successfully hosted a variety of High Quality courses for the Continuing Education of the Architectural Professionals.

SAIBD has and continues to challenge unfair legislation since 1973.

1.Challenge & assist the Municipalities on interpretation of legislation.

2.Task Team Representation to rewrite the National Building Regulations & Standards Act 103 of 1977.

3.Actively involved in helping implement the Spatial Land Use Management Act & associated Schemes & drive amendments.

4.Actively involved with SACAP, helping fulfil their mandate while ensuring the rights of the Professionals.

5.SABS Technical Committee Representation for the SANS 10400 suite of Standards.

6.Actively involved in commenting & challenging or promoting Legislation, Standards & By-Laws for the Built Environment.

South African Institute of Building Design


  1. Get immediate notification of Public comment documents, standards & legislative changes that effect your Professionalism.
  2. Have access to High Quality CPD at discounted prices.
  3. You have access to collectively address the problems you face while performing your duties.
  4. Student member have the access and opportunity to interact with Professionals, setting up your future growth in the industry.
  5. SAIBD members have the benefit of our assistance in your career advancement for your empowerment.
  6. Your SACAP registration is the tool used for your own empowerment & advancement.
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