Inscape was established in 1981 as the first creative and multi-disciplinary design institution in South Africa. We place great emphasis on our people and their personal development within the microcosm. Our core values; Quality, Authenticity and Relationships drive us to grow, improve and make a difference in everything we do. The organization has experienced significant growth since its inception and now extends its ethos and offering internationally.
A Brief History:
2022: Inscape receives full membership from EMF.
2022: Inscape hosts the first Linear to Circular conversation in Africa at the Cape Town Campus with EMF and African Leadership University.
2022: Inscape rebrands and commences a repositioning to ensure continued relevance in the industry.
2022: Inscape commits to the UN Sustainability Goals of 2030 and demonstrates action through curriculum review, campus renovations and organisational processes.
2021: 1st South African institution to be profiled by The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) for our work in Circular Economy practices and principles.
2021: South African Council for Architectural Professions validation for Higher Certificate in Architectural Technology. The only private higher education institution to be validated by SACAP and the only access programme to be validated.
2021: New Stellenbosch campus opens with record-breaking enrolments.
2021: RMB Corvest acquires 49% of Inscape becoming a partner in achieving the desired growth strategy of the organisation.
2021: Inscape co-hosts the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference.
2020: COVID-19 Global Pandemic hits us. All students are successfully migrated to virtual learning. No academic days are lost. Inscape financially assists 77 students to access higher education.
2019: Inscape enrolled and graduated its first cohort of BA Honours in Design students at the Cape Town and Pretoria campuses respectively.
2018: Inscape Dubai campus opens in The Dubai Design District. Inscape Young Designers Award is established. Inscape rebrands and launches global website. Inscape financially assists 93 students to access higher education.
2017: Offsite is launched (online learning platform). Inscape co-hosts Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA) conference. Inscape financially assists 66. students to access higher education. First cohort of Ideation Design students graduate.
2016: Inscape Johannesburg moves to new Midrand Campus. Inscape financially assists 24 students to access higher education.
2015: Inscape launches Inscape Project81, Inscape Play (the International Student Exchange Program) and Inscape Exchange (Scholarship Program). Pretoria campus moves to new Waterkloof Glen premises. Inscape financially assists 12 students to access higher education.
2014: Rick Edmonds hands over to Helen Buhrs who becomes the majority shareholder, Managing Director and Principal.
2013: Inscape rebrands.
2012: Received programme accreditation from Council on Higher Education (CHE) for Higher Certificate in Architectural Technology, Interior Decorating, Fashion Design and Design Techniques. Bachelor of Design qualification offered at Durban campus.