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
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:
Past Board disciplinary decisions can be viewed here.
Becoming an Architect
Information for NZ secondary school students on becoming an architect.
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.
The New Zealand Registered Architects Board / Te Poari Kaihoahoa Ngaio Rēhita o Aotearoa (NZRAB) has just published a new Advisory Note on the importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
The NZRAB issues Cautionary or Advisory Notes as part of its role to set and maintain the standards for the profession. These Notes represent shared learnings about the standard expected of a competent Architect, who is working within the Code of Minimum Standards of Ethical Conduct for Registered Architects (the Code of Ethics), and are intended to aid the profession in maintaining the standards in the current practising environment.
The new Advisory Note can be viewed via the following link Advisory Note 15: The Importance of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
The NZRAB has provided the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) with a submission in response to the consultation on occupational regulation in the building and construction sector. You can read our submission here.
The Hon Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Building and Construction, tabled our annual report for 2021/22 in Parliament on 31 March 2023 and it was published on 5 April 2023. You can read it on the document section of our website.