An architect is a person who visualises and designs buildings that are environmentally responsible and further the human condition. Architects also oversee and supervise the entire construction process.

Architectural exclusion

The use of common architectural features to exclude certain individuals or groups of people based on race, gender or social status. These features can be large physical barriers like fences, but they can also be more subtle – like suburbs without sidewalks or park benches with divisions to prevent homeless people from sleeping on them.

Architectural technologist

An architectural technologist is a person who provides technical design services, and assists with the overall technical requirements of the construction of buildings.

Built Environment

The built environment refers to any features in your surroundings that were created or modified by people. It’s the spaces in which we play, travel, work and live. This includes everything from homes and buildings to squares, parks, roads, sidewalks, and public transport systems.


Money awarded to students by universities, government or private companies to cover educational costs. It’s important to note that, unlike scholarships, some bursary programmes require students to “work back” the funds they were awarded. You can find out more about bursaries here and check out a list of available bursaries.

Candidate architect

Your registration with SACAP is usually dependent on you completing a two-year period of internship verified by a mentor. During this time, you have to register with SACAP as a “candidate” in whichever category of registration you are qualified to apply for.  


A period of practical experience under the supervision of a mentor.


Specialised software that allows architects and other design professionals to digitally edit and manipulate photographs, images and graphics.


A portfolio is a collection of your best creative work that shows off your personality, style and your drawing and related skills. It also sometimes includes a written component. Most tertiary institutions require students to submit a portfolio when applying to study towards a degree. The specific portfolio and submission requirements can vary depending on the institution, so once you’ve decided on your place of study, be sure to contact the student office to find out what those requirements are.  

Professional registration

To be able to practise architecture legally in South Africa, you need to be registered with SACAP in the appropriate category of registration.


A sum of money awarded to a student by a university, or another organisation, to cover educational costs. Scholarships are usually based on exceptional academic achievement and do not need to be repaid by the student.

South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)

The professional organisation that regulates the architectural profession in South Africa. SACAP ensures architects have the right skills and knowledge to do their work properly. At the end of your study path to becoming an architect, you will need to register with SACAP in order to legally practise architecture in South Africa. Find out more here.

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