The New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) is a statutory board tasked with registering, monitoring and, if need be, disciplining architects.
This is done to protect the public and, by that, the reputation of the architectural profession. The government has an overarching view of the need in specific situations for some occupations to be regulated, and has determined that this includes architects.
Protection of Title
The NZRAB gains its authority from the Registered Architects Act 2005, its stated purpose being “to protect the title of Registered Architect”. Section 7 of the Act says persons who provide architectural services may only use the titles “Registered Architect” or “architect” if they are registered. Other persons may design buildings, but they may not call themselves “Registered Architects” or “architects”.
The Registered Architects Rules 2006 provide further details on how this works.
To achieve its purpose, the NZRAB:
registers architects who have been assessed by their peers as competent to practice independently
maintains an online register, so the public can confirm that an architect is registered
quality assures the competence of architects every five years
investigates complaints and, if need be, disciplines architects.
The NZRAB Board members are appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the Minister for Building and Housing. Half the Board members are nominated to the Minister by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Inc.
The current Board members are described here. The Board has an operating manual, which you can view here.
The NZRAB maintains a small office in
Wellington, with four staff (FTE 3.5). The NZRAB is reliant on 44 registration assessors who are architects, their principal task being to assess applicants for registration.
The NZRAB is fully self funding from fees paid by architects and applicants for registration. In total, there are approximately 1650 architects registered in