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often result in inappropriate designs and buildings

people who provide the service and don’t necessarily

in their context. His second issue also related to

relate to the service they are providing. Asmal

social housing projects run by developers and the

suggested that perhaps this is the result of South

government’s attitude in these developments,

Africa’s past and its new-found freedom that still

where large budgets have been set aside but there

needs to be understood by individuals; public services

is no quality monitoring implemented by the

and environments that individuals are now entitled

government and this results in inappropriate physical

to and should expect.

environments. Liso raised this issue with Linda Mampura (Department of Public Works) and wanted

Open Floor: Questions to the Panel

to know why this attitude still exists and why there was no government intervention in creating better

Delegate 1 raised an issue regarding the consideration

public environments.

of cost escalation during a project, particularly in

understanding of the value and role of an architect by various public bodies that often inhibit the procurement of architects in various projects. This is complimented by a lack of transparency and easy access to new projects and opportunities for professionals, which further ignores and undermines their value and input that is crucial in producing high-quality public buildings. Arvanitakis concluded by highlighting the need and recognition of social housing in South Africa, which represents over thirty percent of the housing demands. This needs to be considered by both public bodies and professional architects well into the future. Zahira Asmal (Designing South Africa) shared a personal insight on South Africa’s poorly-perceived service delivery and what its reasons may be. She suggested that this poor service delivery may not be

the Open Tender System of procurement used by

Linda Mampura (DoPW) responded to the question

the Department of Public Works. He questioned

of cost escalation during a produces an initial budget

the appointment of architects based specifically on

for a tender and this should be a constraint for

their initial cost estimate that is often extremely

bidders to work with and consider. He indicated that

under-calculated and eventually drastically grows

this budget needs to be consistently considered by

and how fair this is to other submissions who were

architects during the bidding process to avoid future,

over looked, specifically when their initial cost-

unforeseen escalations if appointed. This escalation is

estimates were more realistic. Another issue raised

also controlled by practicing a continuous interaction

was the actual delivery system used in social housing,

between the department’s own professionals, such as

especially how it meets great demand or “back log”

quantity surveyors, and the bidders. This facilitates a

and counteracts current political tactics that include

continuous monitoring system by the department to

the appointment of numerous title deeds that are

check that all aspects of the project meet the budget

actually never met.

and this is complimented by a small variation order that allows for slight escalation.

Maha Liso suggested that there was a fault in the tender process and this was specifically evident in architects being forced to use government-approved, “generic drawings” for projects. He emphasised that these do not allow for creative flexibility and


a “training problem” but the problem may lie in the

Procuring Architecture  

Report on the Flemish/South African workshop on Architectural procurement held at Wits University on March 24 2011.

Procuring Architecture  

Report on the Flemish/South African workshop on Architectural procurement held at Wits University on March 24 2011.