The New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) is required by statute and regulation to:

  • register architects who have been assessed as competent

  • review each architect's registration every five years

  • maintain a New Zealand Architects Register

  • investigate complaints.

Our vision is New Zealand architects equipped to make the best possible contribution to the built environment.

New Zealand's architects are professionals that typically have been through a five-year architectural education and have all undergone a rigorous registration procedure. Architects are bound by an architects’ code of ethics, are required to undertake regular professional development activities, and are accountable for their actions to the New Zealand Registered Architects Board.

For more information, you can:




FAct sheets and key information

Your Path to Registration
Fact sheet for recent graduates explaining what becoming registered entails 

Use of the title "architect"
Fact sheet explaining who can and can't use the title 'architect'

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

  • Paul Jackman4 July 2022

    With great sadness the New Zealand Registered Architects Board has been informed of the death of Paul Jackman our former Chief Executive.  Paul passed away in Wellington on Sunday 3 July.  

    Our thoughts and condolences are with the Jackman family.

    Paul was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board from August 2007 until July 2020, serving under three Chair’s during that time – Ron Pynenburg, Warwick Bell and most recently Gina Jones.  As NZRAB Chief Executive, Paul worked with the Board, our Assessors and many in the profession.

    Paul had a very strong background in communications and external relations holding various roles in the Department of Building and Housing, NZQA, the Reserve Bank, Federated Famers, and in Parliament as Senior Press Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition.  Those communication skills, his superb relationship management background, and political experience stood NZRAB in very good stead.

    Gina Jones paid tribute, "Paul was a very professional, loyal, and diligent CEO who led many initiatives that assisted the profession and made NZRAB a better organisation.  When he retired in 2020 he left the staff and the Board very saddened by his departure but heartened that he would have more time to indulge in his passions - sailing and an enduring interest in politics."  

    There will be a private family cremation, with a commemoration gathering at a later date.  We will advise those commemoration plans when they are known.  In the meantime, the Board has sent flowers and will make a donation to the Mary Potter Hospice in Paul’s memory.

  • Potential candidates sought - Member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board7 June 2022

    On behalf of the Minister for Building and Construction, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is currently seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board.

    Further information can be found at:

  • Recognition agreement between ARB, AACA and NZRAB7 March 2022

    The UK, Australia and New Zealand are global leaders in architecture and our architects collaborate on a substantial scale.

    Our registers of architects exist so that anyone using the services of an architect can be confident that they are suitably qualified and are fit to practise. We want this registration process to be as simple as possible, while still ensuring new registrants have what is necessary for safe and effective practice. We have started developing a mutual recognition agreement so that architects with eligible qualifications could benefit from a more straightforward process to register across the three countries.

    This mutual agreement could be transformational in helping architects to share their skills, knowledge and innovative insights across the globe, whilst protecting the public by supporting and upholding professional standards in each country.

    Discussions are at an advanced stage but changes to UK legislation are needed before ARB is able to enter into an agreement. We are pleased that this legislation is progressing and we hope it is implemented quickly.

    We will provide further updates as these discussions develop.

    Further information is available here.

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