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.







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

  • Board Vacancies11 April 2014

    The Minister for Building and Construction is seeking expressions of interest from people with strong governance and financial or legal skills wishing to be considered for appointment as members of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board. Applications close 5pm, 28 April 2014. For more information and the application form go here.


  • Cautionary Note and Discipline Report20 March 2014

    The NZRAB today issued a "Cautionary Note" and a "Discipline Report" derived from a recent complaint against an architect which led to the architect being disciplined for accepting a commission without having terms of engagement with his client, this being a requirement of the Architects Code of Ethics.

  • Newsletter20 March 2014

    The NZRAB today issued its first newsletter for 2014.

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