PAPER-BASED Case Study Requirements for Pathway 1

Your case study must meet the following requirements.

  • Your case study must be in English.
  • Your case study should cover projects that were completed less that five years ago.
  • At least one of the projects should be for a complex architectural project with which you had a close and extended personal involvement.
  • Your case study can be made up of a minimum of 1 project and a maximum of three projects.
  • If your case study includes more than one project you must NOT duplicate evidence that you meet the minimum standards. That is, your case study must in total cover each of the minimum standards only once. More information is available on how your case study should demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards.
  • Three copies of your hard copy case study should be prepared, one for each Assessor and one for yourself.
  • Two copies of your case study and a memory stick with the case study saved should be sent to the NZRAB. The two hard copies of the case study are required for the registration assessors.
  • Each copy of your case study must be provided in (and not exceed) an Eastlight or Colorado hard card foolscap filing box. This is to protect the contents and as a limit on length. Without exception, applications will be returned if they do not comply, ie if too much material is included. The case study boxes should not be filled above the bottom of the box clip, as the NZRAB will be adding further information to the boxes for the Assessors.
  • You must bring the third copy of your case study to the professional conversation for you to refer to.
  • Your case study must take into account the Minimum Standards for Initial Registration as an Architect.
  • Your case study should not include standard documents such as the Standard Conditions of Contract or standard technical literature, but should include documents specific to the project(s).
  • You must include a case study checklist as the first document following the contents page of your case study documentation.

Where appropriate and relevant, your case study should include at least the following documentation:

  • commissioning agreement
  • briefing documentation and confirmation
  • concept and preliminary design sketches of a complex architectural project
  • developed design drawings
  • an example of relevant e-mails and file notes
  • consultants correspondence
  • minutes of design meetings
  • example of construction drawings and weatherproof detailing
  • example of specific specification sections, relating directly to the project
  • schedules to conditions of Contract and Conditions of Tender
  • tender analysis documents
  • examples of contract instructions
  • examples of minutes of site meetings
  • examples of a progress payment schedule and all Certificates
  • up to three photos of each project should be included (note - this is to be updated on the Case Study Checklist).

Your case study should not be excessive in length, but there must be sufficient examples of the most important documents for the registration assessors to obtain a detailed picture of the contractual relationships that were involved.

If you did not have a personal involvement with some parts or stages of a project, this must be clearly stated. You should obtain permission from the relevant clients to use their projects in your case study. A case study release letter template is provided.

Your case study must be presented as follows:

  • A4 portrait shape.
  • Spiral bound.
  • Plans must be legible and bound together in a single group for each project, and must be folded into the file box.
  • Case study reports must have coloured card dividers with thumb tabs to identify the sections within.
  • All pages consecutively numbered.
  • Your case study must start with a comprehensive contents page, referring to the page numbered sections.
  • Your case study must include a brief précis of each project, describing the work, the project delivery process and your role.
  • The body of your case study must consist of sections leading chronologically through the project(s), each section having a written commentary and examples of typical documents relevant to each stage of the project.
  • Your written commentary for all experience areas should be limited to a maximum total of 15,000 words including contents and headings, etc but excluding appendices.
  • Minimum font size for commentary is 10 point.
  • In each case this must include an explanation of how you met the relevant Minimum Standard for Registration as a Registered Architect during your work on the project and your analysis of that stage of the work, including observations on how the process could have been improved. To assist, examples of how past applicants have done this are available.
  • Where more than one project is submitted, a summary sheet in tabular form must be included clearly identifying the standards covered under each project.