HISTORY OF THE ASSOCIATION
Part 1: Birth of the Association
James Reid gathered 34 builders together at the Victoria Cafe, Pine Street, on 1 February 1901 for the inaugural meeting of the Association.
Part 2: The Early Years
A consequence of the establishment of the Association was the establishment of the Natal Institute of Architects on 1 September 1901.
Part 3: Surviving Difficult Times
The following year, 1906 was reported to have been one of the blackest in the history of the Association; when membership slumped to 28...
Part 4: Progress and Innovation
In 1919, the members of the Durban Association were imbued with the spirit of progress and of innovation. During that year, a 44 hour week was introduced.
Part 5: Period of Consolidation
The agitation against the National Industrial Council for the Building Industry continued and a special meeting of the Federation Executive Committee was held...
Part 6: The Impacts of War
The Association's Executive Committee continued to take its duties conscientiously and its agendas show the wide range of matters under consideration.
Part 7: Post War - Renewed Optimism
During August 1945 Archie Smith was appointed Director of the Association and he found himself faced with all the problems inherent in the post War world.
Part 8: A New Era, A New Home
Soon after the formation of the Natal Master Builders Association during 1980 it was evident that the Association should relocate to a highly visible landmark building.