An important function of all the regional institutes and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) is to recognise and promote excellence in architecture and to create public awareness and debate on architectural issues.

The awards programme is in support of these goals, and runs in two stages over a two year period.

During the first stage, the regional Institutes invite submissions, appoint and convene a panel of jurors to decide the regional Awards for Architecture and premiated projects are submitted for national consideration. 


The programme is open to members of SAIA KZN. All entries receiving regional awards will automatically be entered into SAIA’s Award for Merit and Award for Excellence, provided that the entry is that of a SAIA Corporate Member.


The SAIA KZN Awards for Architecture are announced and made at a regional function that takes place mid year every two years. The second stage of the programme involves the submission of entries by the regional panels of assessors for consideration of the SAIA Award of Merit and the SAIA Award for Excellence.