The Benefits of being a Registered Architect

By Callum McKenzie, NZRAB Registration Convenor

The titles ‘Architect’ and ‘Registered Architect’ in New Zealand, like in many other jurisdictions, are protected by law. You can only call yourself an architect and undertake design work for buildings if you are registered.

I’m sure when we all commenced our studies at our school of architecture, this was our aspiration - to become an architect - and undoubtedly there remains a significant amount of cachet in the title, and with good reason.

Architects retain an important place in all societies as the makers of places, highly trained and skilled creative professionals, and the keepers and the transformers of our built cultural heritage. Today this is overlain with strong environmental concern, knowledge and leadership.

Registration though is much more than a title, as it signifies professionalism, and an aspiration to design places that are continually improved. It infers a concern for a built environment that goes well beyond the constraints and demands of each individual project, a concern for the broader context, and a concern for the public good, in all of our work.

Accordingly that is highly likely to be reflected in the opportunity to gain involvement in both a scale and complexity of projects that would not be possible for designers for whom that level of professionalism and concern is not recognised or understood.

Being an architect confers responsibilities too; the responsibility to behave ethically; the responsibility to continually improve your knowledge, skills and practice.

As a Registered Architect you will be making the most of your investment in your career.

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