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

  • Planned website maintenance22 June 2022

    Our website will be undergoing planned maintenance work on Tuesday 28 July.  The work will commence around 7am on the 28th.  During this time our website, the public Register of Architects, and our registrations database will be unavailable.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you require assistance either prior to or during this period - please get in touch either by telephone on 04 471-1336 or by email at:


  • 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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