Important message about the COVID-19 Coronavirus

In an effort to care for all of our personnel, families, and mission around the world, EMI has been taking a number of steps in response to the progress of COVID-19.

Location-specific Crisis Management Teams remain in place to monitor COVID developments, inform, and care for EMI personnel. Decisions about official EMI travel (including project travel) domestically and internationally are being made on a case-by-case basis by Office Directors in locations concerned. EMI’s worldwide offices remain in varying states of closure with personnel working remotely or from home.

We continue to actively monitor the situation and will respond to new information affecting our worldwide ministry and teams. We view the COVID-19 Coronavirus as an opportunity to live out the gospel and our faith in Jesus through the ministry of EMI.

Join us for the Inaugural EMI Southern Africa Network Conference: Designing a World of Hope.

Hosted at the EMI South Africa office in Cape Town with select sessions available online. 

Bringing together built environment professionals from around the world to share stories that will inspire and equip you for your own work, wherever you are.

There are two ways to participate:

  1. In-person at the EMI office in Cape Town (number of participants will be limited according to health and safety regulations)
  2. Livestream select sessions from your home or office through Zoom

Save the Date: 14th and 15th May 2021

Conference Fees:

  • In-person event - ZAR 500
  • Livestream event - ZAR 200
  • Student rate for in-person event - ZAR 200

For specific questions about the event, please email the conference coordinator at

Do I need to RSVP to attend in person?

All registered conference participants will receive an email with the option to reserve a seat for the in person event. Available seats will be limited in order to comply with social distancing regulations at the time of the event. After the total number of seats are reserved, you will have the option of adding your name to the waitlist. There is no limit to the number of participants who can livestream select sessions during the event, and we encourage those who cannot join in person to participate online.

What can I expect for COVID-19 Social Distancing Restrictions?

All seats will be spaced at least 1.5 meters apart, and all participants are expected to wear masks while inside the building. Only speakers and presenters will remove masks during their presentations while maintaining social distance. If you have been feeling sick or have been exposed to any confirmed cases with 14 days, we ask that you please participate online from your home. We are unfortunately unable to refund conference registration fees if you are unable to attend in person after registering for a seat.

How do I earn CPD credit?

For architects, in-person participation on Saturday 15 May will earn 1 CPD credit. You will be able to sign our register to verify your presence on that day.

What is the dress code?

Most participants will dress business casual.

Are meals provided?

Tea, coffee, snacks, and a light boxed lunch will be provided for all participants who register for the in person event.

How do I get to the conference?

The event is located at EMI South Africa's office in Cape Town City Center. The address is 38 Hout Street, and we are located on the Fifth Floor. Plan to arrive early to the event.

What should I bring to the conference?

A listening ear and an open heart. Please consider bringing a friend or coworker. Optional: note taking implements (pen & notepad/tablet/laptop).

My question wasn’t answered here, who do I ask?

Please contact the conference coordinator at

What is a livestream event?

A livestream event is an event that is broadcast live to various locations simultaneously through the Internet. We will stream select sessions of the EMI Southern Africa Network Conference using Zoom. Please see the "Conference Program" tab to see which sessions will be available online. The livestream event will be available worldwide.

How do I connect to the livestream event?

Once a participant has registered, they can expect to receive an email before the event with the links to attend the livestream event. Links will lead to Zoom. You may download the Zoom app ahead of time or simply view in your browser. We recommend a high-speed internet connection.

How do I earn CPD credit?

For architects, online participation on Saturday 15 May will earn 0.5 CPD credits. The moderator on Zoom will verify your presence on that day, and we will follow up with you to provide proper documentation.

Do I keep my camera on or off during the event?

Keeping your camera on during the event will encourage engagement and interaction, but it is not required.  

Will I be able to send questions during the event?

Yes, several plenary sessions will have a Question and Answer component, and we encourage online participants to use the chat feature on Zoom to send questions to the moderator. All participants are automatically on mute, but the moderator may choose to unmute one participant at a time if he or she requests to ask a question audibly. 

Can I gather together with others near me to attend the livestream event?

Yes, as a networking event we encourage you to gather together and maintain social distancing recommendations for your location. You can invite coworkers and friends to attend with you at home or at work.

My question wasn’t answered here, who do I ask?

Please contact the conference coordinator at