Initial Registration

In New Zealand to practice as an architect one needs to be registered.

There are four separate registration procedures or pathways for becoming registered, depending on each applicant's circumstances.

These are:

Pathway 1: For applicants who have a recognised qualification and the required work experience

Pathway 2: For applicants who do NOT have a recognised qualification and/or the required work experience

Pathway 3: For applicants who have been a New Zealand Registered Architect before

Pathway 4: For APEC Architects from Japan, Singapore or Chinese Taipei.

Australian Registered Architects are entitled to registration in New Zealand as of right (and vice versa).

Advice
For advice on the registration process call Andrew Symonds on 04 471 1336 or email andrew@nzrab.org.nz

For advice on whether your skills, knowledge and experience are sufficient, call one of the NZRAB’s three Regional Convenors, these being:

Auckland – Tony Orgias – 09 481 0630
Wellington – Callum McKenzie – 04 384 8192
Christchurch – Alec McDonald – 03 366 3524.

If you wish to assemble information for an application later under pathways 1 or 2, you will find the project record form useful.

Initial Registration

To practice as an architect in New Zealand you need to be registered.

There are five separate registration procedures or pathways for becoming registered, depending on each applicant's qualifications, work experience, and other circumstances.

These registration pathways are for applicants who:

Australian Registered Architects are entitled to registration in New Zealand as of right (and vice versa).

Advice
For advice on the registration process, please call Trish Tchernegovski or Andrew Symonds on 04 471 1336 or email trish@nzrab.org.nz or andrew@nzrab.org.nz.

For advice on the adequacy of your experience and the suitability of projects for your case study/project portfolio (if required), please call one of the NZRAB’s three Registration Convenors, these being:

  • for upper North Island, Tony Orgias – 09 481 0630 
  • for lower North Island, Nelson and Marlborough, Callum McKenzie – 04 384 8192
  • for central and lower South Island, Alec McDonald – 03 366 3524.

Project Record Forms
If you are planning to apply for registration under pathway 1 at some time in the future you may find the NZRAB Project Record Form useful to start assembling information about the work you are doing.

Standards
The regulatory standard that applicants for initial registration must meet is set out in the "Minimum Standard for Registration as a Registered Architect" in Rule 7 of the Registered Architects Rules 2006. The "complex architectural project" referred to in Rule 7(d) is defined here

Assessment by video link
For registration applicants who cannot attend a face-to-face meeting , assessments via a high quality video link can be arranged, at the applicant's expense. Skype is not of an acceptable quality in this context.

Benefits of registration and employers' role
Some thoughts on the benefits of registration  and the role of employers assisting their graduates prepare for registration are available.

Graduating
If you are just completing your architectural education and plan to get registered in a few years time, here's some advice on useful things you can do now to prepare.

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If you intend to become a Registered Architect, you can subscribe to updates about the NZRAB’s initial registration procedures and requirements.