At SAOTA, we have a clear understanding of the place of design in the world and how to deliver architectural projects in diverse markets. Our success is driven by a design philosophy that connects function and form, and the pursuit of true architectural design to create appropriate solutions. The philosophy of practice is embodied in the spirit of inquiry that flourishes amongst our staff.

We are looking for "First Year Out's" to join our teams on completing their Masters of Architecture studies. SAOTA offers extensive training, diverse project experience as well as a formal Mentorship Program for young architects to join and be eligible for future registration with the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.

As a FYO you will:

  • Develop and be responsible for certain aspects of the project design and development
  • With assistance, liaison with External Consultants, Contractor/Site, Architects of Record as well as with the Client
  • Be required to stay updated on latest architecture and design trends and technology
  • Need to display learning agility and initiative
  • Contribute, or otherwise assist as required, to provide project teams with a full Architectural service covering both presentation and contractual material
  • Interpret and understand the design brief
  • Produce all documentation relating to the design
  • Consistently demonstrates the ability to respond and develop skills in all levels of project technical challenges
  • Assist in producing all documentation relating to the design including Drawings, 3D Models, Images & all other documentation relating to the design and according to the project brief
  • Proactively seek feedback from seniors and act on technical advice given
  • Receive training on all SAOTA systems, standards and procedures
  • Support the production and project delivery


  • MArch / MTech in Architecture or equivalent
  • Working knowledge of REVIT
  • Able to understand and formulate design decisions and present for discussion
  • Able to use a variety of media and software in the development and documentation of a design project
  • Display high level thinking in architecture and design
  • Able to accurately understand and interpret instructions
  • Sound understanding of the production process, including applications of different file formats
  • The ability to learn and demonstrate creative problem-solving skills
  • Able to set and achieve deadlines and give regular updates on progress
  • Methodical, accurate and consistent attention to detail
  • Able to manage sensitive and sometimes confidential information
  • Able to remain calm and work in pressurised environments
  • Self-motivated and able to take responsibility
  • Demonstrate initiative and be pro-active towards daily tasks
  • Demonstrates creative problem-solving skills
  • Due to the nature of the position, there will be a requirement to work additional hours as necessary, this may include weekends occasionally
  • Enthusiastic and positive attitude towards personal growth and development in the company

SAOTA offers a hybrid working environment where staff can choose to work from home (not limited to Cape Town), in-studio or do both. Our flexible working hours policy aims to accommodate staffs home life commitments while ensuring our work commitments are reached. All Employees are required to have an uncapped 20Mbps (up/down) minimum Internet Connectivity line.