Locally, the design and décor field is divided into two main career options – interior design and architecture. This has left a gap in the market for the middle ground of spatial design, which crosses the boundaries of architecture and interior design. In other parts of the world, spatial design has become a sought-after discipline, with a vast array of job opportunities. 

Spatial designers 

Marga de Vos, the coordinator at STADIO School of Architecture and Spatial Design, explains that although spatial design is a relatively new field in South Africa, it is an immensely significant one – serving as a valuable connective tissue between the traditional built environment disciplines of architecture, interior and furniture design. 

“The demand for skilled spatial design practitioners is growing exponentially in South Africa, where there is a pressing need to address a multitude of social housing challenges, including creating more inclusive spaces,” she says. 

Dedicated qualification 

There has been no dedicated qualification on offer in South Africa in this dynamic field until now. The Higher Certificate in Spatial Design offered by STADIO School of Architecture and Spatial Design, backed by the African Institute of Interior Design Professions (IID), is challenging this status quo.  

“The qualification provides graduates with a competitive edge in a rapidly evolving industry, as it blends theoretical and practical elements and marries related fields. This helps to prepare graduates to enter the job market, being able to tackle complex design challenges and become experts in the design, planning and management of habitable spaces more broadly,” says De Vos.  

For more information, contact STADIO School of Architecture and Spatial Design:
Tel: 087 158 5000
Email: hello@stadio.ac.za
Website: https://stadio.ac.za/

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