South Africa is a country where institutionalized racism is legislated and accepted as a practice by the majority of the people who classify themselves by colour and attribute different values of economic benefit to each colour, with white at the bottom and black at the top.
Intended as a means of redressing the injustices of the past it has created divisions so deep that they are unlikely to ever be bridged. The new South Africa is the same as the old South Africa in this regard. It is difficult to get away from the issue of race.
In this series of articles I aim to track the origins of the South African architectural profession and analyse the impact that past and present racist policies have had on the profession as well as speculate on its future and ask the uncomfortable question "when will all architects be equal?".
Or is the question "should they be equal?" ...