The New Zealand Registered Architects Board:

  • registers architects who have been assessed by their peers as competent
  • confirms every five years that architects continue to be competent
  • maintains an online New Zealand Architects Register
  • investigates complaints and, if need be, disciplines architects.


Vision Statement
The task of architecture is to lead the way in terms of what the built environment can and should be. This goes beyond designing for function, essential though that is. In so far as architecture articulates the national imagination, it contributes to nation building. If the built environment in New Zealand is the best that it can be, then it contributes to the realisation of this nation’s potential.

The NZRAB determines who can be a Registered Architect. In doing this, the NZRAB is mindful of the broader contribution that the profession makes to New Zealand.

More information
If you are interested, you can follow the NZRAB on LinkedIn, or receive by email newsletters and other announcements or specific updates about initial registration.




FAct sheets and key information

Information for New Architects
Fact sheet for newly registered architects to explain their rights and obligations.

Problems with Your Architect?
Fact sheet for persons considering laying a complaint against an architect.

Problems With Your Client?
Fact sheet for architects to ensure they are not the subject of a complaint.

The NZRAB is funded from fees paid by architects and registration applicants.

Code of Ethics
All New Zealand Registered Architects are bound by the Code of Minimum Standards of Ethical Conduct for Registered Architects.


Latest NZRAB News

  • Collaboration between Engineers and Architects17 March 2015

    The NZRAB has been a joint sponsor of a publication that explains the need for and how architects and engineers can better collaborate when working together on complex projects. 

  • Australia Canada NZ APEC Architect Arrangement Signed19 February 2015

    The registration authorities of Australia, Canada and New Zealand have signed a mutual recognition arrangement that allows for fast-track cross-border registration for their APEC architects. All three economies are participants in the APEC Architect Project and have issued a joint press statement about the arrangement.

  • NZRAB submission to Australian Productivity Commission16 February 2015

    The NZRAB has made a submission to the Australian Productivity Commission opposing suggestions that Australian architects should be able to work as architects in New Zealand without being registered here.

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