ARCA Unlimited director Faan Nel serves as president of the Pretoria Institute for Architecture (PIA). The PIA is a voluntary regional association recognised by the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP). It is dedicated to the architectural well-being of the region and provides resident associations with advice and support regarding zoning and consent use applications. The PIA regularly registers as an interested and affected party on contentious projects. To ensure protection of the regional built heritage, the PIA engages with the Tshwane Building Heritage Association, the Old Pretoria East Residents and Ratepayers Alliance (OPERRA) and the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority Gauteng (PHRAG). Faan Nel, as president of the PIA, actively serves the interests of the profession and built environment of northern Gauteng. During Faan’s tenure, the PIA constitution has been transformed and aligned to those of other regions and a student bursary fund was created for disadvantaged students.
Faan Nel serves as board member of the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA), a voluntary association of architects interested in matters of national and international concern. SAIA aims to promote excellence in architecture and seeks to contribute to the enhancement of both society and the environment. It upholds the dignity of the profession and its members and is involved in the transformation of the profession. To this end, the SAIA Future Architects Bursary Programme was launched in 2016.
ARCA Unlimited contributes infrastructural- and logistical support to Capital Collective - a non-profit company that aims to enhance collaboration and partnership between the public- and private sectors in the rejuvenation of Pretoria’s inner city.
Working in association with various initiatives and organisations, Capital Collective forms a network of like-minded people who are passionate about the rejuvenation and restoration of Pretoria’s inner city. Capital collective is helping to build the brand of Pretoria and Tshwane by sharing and communicating information regarding city enhancing projects, plans, initiatives, success stories, news and events. They not only initiate and drive projects but also facilitate bringing parties together on projects and ideas.
As a supporter of Capital Collective, ARCA also backs and takes part in the Market@theSheds. This is the Capital’s celebration of art, food, design and music and showcases the talents and initiatives of people residing in Tshwane. It is similar to the Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg and the Biscuit Mill in Cape Town – but with its own unique local flavour and offerings.
Described as an African urban experience, it merges the best of city markets with the flavours of South Africa’s capital. Local entrepreneurs, designers, artists and musicians form the bulk of the participants. Inspired by the many artists and musicians in South Africa who originally hail from Tshwane, the market provides a platform for exposure to all artists in the city. For some, the market is merely a welcome surprise, for others it is a proud display of the city’s (often downplayed) creativity.
Market@theSheds receives a lot of support from the local community, corporates, the diplomatic corps and the City of Tshwane. It attracts between 1 000 and 2 500 people per event and takes place from 11h00 to 18h00 on the last Saturday of every month at 012 Central, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria.
ARCA Unlimited is an approved WIL learning site for the following qualification: Baccalaureus Technologiae: Architecture Professional
Approval Number: C2421/14/03/2014
ARCA Unlimited believes in the principle of being a member of a bigger society and that everybody needs to do their bit to help out with skills, where available, to help those in need.
Faan Nel, Michelle Kotze and Helena Mouton serve as student mentors for the PIA student bursary programme.