MoU signed between SACAP & the Architect’s Council of Europe.

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) has honoured its commitment to position the South African architectural profession within the global community. This was achieved with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between SACAP and the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE).

The MoU commits the organisations’ to work towards an agreement that will facilitate sharing of knowledge and skills; engaging in critical dialogue on key issues facing the sustainability of the profession; establishing international standards, norms and benchmarks and promotion of excellence in architecture, to name a few areas of mutual interest. It promotes consistent professional qualifications criteria and national syllabi based on international standards, such as the UNESCO/UIA Charter for Architectural Profession and the Canberra Accord (CA), as well as international dialogue on issues facing practice.

According to SACAP President, Yashaen Luckan, who signed the MoU with ACE President, Luciano Lazzari, on 22 April 2016 at the ACE General Assembly in Berlin, the recent rapid changes in global climates, societies and economies has placed the architectural profession in a position of self-reflection, self-critique and new opportunities. Such challenges require broad participation, intense collaboration and a better world view in order to develop meaningful responses.

 “We are convinced that the cooperation described in the MoU will help to consolidate and reinforce actions and efforts towards addressing mutual concerns and interests pertaining to architecture, architectural education, research, professional standards and regulation, professional mobility, environmental issues, professional development and practice and political influence – among others,” says SACAP President Yashaen.

ACE President Lazzari says: “The signing of the MoU between ACE and SACAP is particularly significant because it brings a new and thoughtful alliance between architects of two continents, based on a future that is both challenging and promising.”