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

Becoming an Architect
Information for NZ secondary school students on becoming an architect.

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

  • 2024 Application Closing Dates12 January 2024

    The application closing dates for 2024 are available on the Initial Registration pages of the NZRAB website. Please note these dates carefully.

  • NZRAB Newsletter for June 202316 June 2023

    We have published our latest newsletter, which includes:

    — New Board appointments

    — UK mutual recognition agreement

    — Continuing professional development

    — Pathway 1 (Round 2) deferral

    You can read it here.

  • New Advisory Note published26 April 2023

    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).

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