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 

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

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

  • New NZRAB Chief Executive appointed9 August 2021

    The NZRAB is delighted to announce the appointment of Dougal McKechnie as our new Chief Executive.

    Dougal has had a varied career in numerous management and leadership positions across the health, justice and government sectors.  He is currently Government Affairs Manager for an emergency services programme to replace critical communications tools for police, fire and ambulance first responders.  Prior to that he managed the implementation of a large software application at Canterbury DHB.  He was the Chief Executive of the NZ Health IT group — a voluntary membership organisation of around 100 companies providing technology solutions to the health and disability system.

    He brings lots of experience in managing relationships in complex sectors and programmes of work, has solid communications skills, and strong knowledge of the machinery of government at senior levels.

    Mr McKechnie starts at the NZRAB on 26 August 2021.  His first two days will be spent in Auckland attending the training day event for Assessors.

    Please join me in welcoming Dougal to the NZRAB.


    Gina Jones
    Board Chair
    9 August 2021

  • NZRAB Continuing Registration Competency Reviews and Professional Conversation Assessments18 June 2021

    As of 1 September 2021, all applicants for registration will be able to choose whether they wish to have their CRCR / professional conversation assessments via Zoom or face to face. If face to face, these will be held in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.

  • NZRAB Newsletter of 29 April 202129 April 2021

    The Board issued a newsletter to architects providing an update on the NZRAB's activities.

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