UIA World Architecture Day, Monday 05 October 2015


(Johannesburg, 5 October 2015)

The South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) celebrated World Architecture Day today along with the International Union of Architects (UIA), representing over 1.3 million architects globally. World Architecture Day highlights the essential role of architecture, design and town planning in reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate change is top of the agenda of actual scientific, political and public discussions & it is an element that affects all sectors. As the world’s national governments approach COP 21, the international climate treaty negotiations taking place later this year, the UIA will join with national and regional architecture organisations to highlight the essential role of architecture, design and town planning in reducing associated greenhouse gas emissions. Elements such as heat island effects in summer or wetter winter with increased flash flooding are only a few phenomenon which have great impacts on the urban living conditions. 

Urban areas are responsible for over 70% of global energy consumption and CO2 emissions, mostly from buildings. By 2030, a staggering 82 billion square meters, an area roughly equal to 60% of the total building stock of the world, will be built and rebuilt in urban areas worldwide.


World Architecture Day recognizes actions and solutions by the profession in coping with global climate change, one of the greatest challenges of our time.

Highlighted at a recent AZA 2015 Future City Conference in Gauteng, the future of cities is centered as key priority with debates focused on working towards sustainable, economically viable creative cities. The need for sustainable cities is further highlighted by the launch of The EcoMobility Festival in Sandton CBD today and will run until the end of October 2015.


“The built environment can achieve a dramatic reduction in the energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by changing the way buildings, developments and cities are planned, designed, and constructed,” says Marella O’Reilly, Registrar/Chief Executive Officer at SACAP.


World Architecture Day celebrates the profession as the industry is one of the emerging areas of creative practice, developing economies & global inter-disciplinary consultancies. In order for the architectural profession to evolve and thrive, architectural professionals and designers need to actively contribute towards shaping South Africa’s urban landscape for positive social change and economic development.


“World Architecture Day affords the adaptive built environment the opportunity to manage the impacts of climate change, preserve natural resources, and access low-cost, renewable water and energy resources,” concludes O’Reilly.


Ends: Issued on behalf of:

Marella O’Reilly
Registrar/CEO, South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP)

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