Following the GSA's successful SACAP Validation Visit 16 - 18 April 2018, we would like to share the following observation made by the visiting board panel. It's an obvious source of pride: we would just like to say, 'to all GSA staff and students, past and present, this recognition is of your work, and is for you.'
"It must be emphasised that SACAP does not expect a homogenous educational environment – rather, it encourages a diversity of philosophies, focuses and themes."
– Guidelines for the Validation of Courses in Architecture, Rev. 01 2012
In this context, the Visiting Board acknowledges that implementation of the Unit System at the GSA is a bold and positive move for architectural education in South Africa and notes that significant innovation is evident in the system's application and localisation. The view of the Visiting Board is that the programme is student-centric, culturally inclusive and highly relevant to the South African and African context. The Board was particularly encouraged by the entrepreneurial and activist stance of the GSA in relation to broadening the modes of practice of architecture, and how this stance played out in the works of students. The proportion of black students within the GSA is amongst the highest of any Master's programme in South Africa. It is evident that one of the key successes of the application of the Unit System has been the creation of space for black students to find their voice and express their architectural identity through their research and design work, an important step against the backdrop of the agenda for decolonisation of higher education.'