Unique agreement helps architects register and study between the UK, Australia and New Zealand16 March 2023
AACA, ARB and NZRAB sign trilateral recognition agreement
A new mutual recognition agreement (MRA) has been signed between the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA), the UK's Architects Registration Board (ARB), and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).
The agreement means that from 25 May, eligible architects can benefit from a streamlined registration process that will reduce costs and examinations, making it easier for them to register to work in each country.
The agreement will open up the architects’ profession whilst upholding and maintaining the high standards and safety that help to protect the public. This is because of the alignment between the rigorous competencies required to register in each country, reinforced by the three regulators’ quality assurance processes.
To help improve access to the profession, this unique agreement will also recognise an individuals’ relevant qualifications along the path to becoming an architect. This means someone who has been educated up to and including Master’s level can complete their training in another partner country and benefit from the agreement.
Kathlyn Loseby, CEO of the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia, said:
“Architects are among the most highly qualified professionals alongside the legal and medical fraternities. Architecture is also one of the professions that benefit most from collaboration, and this agreement enhances the ability of both registered architects and graduates with accredited qualifications to move between the UK and Australia / New Zealand.
Our three nations have an obvious affinity based on shared language and cultural similarities and the new professional recognition process is straightforward and simple. AACA thanks both the ARB and NZRAB for the six years of collaboration culminating in this agreement.”
Hugh Simpson, Chief Executive and Registrar, Architects Registration Board, said:
“The agreement builds on the close links between our three countries and has been made possible because of the constructive engagement between regulatory bodies and the confidence we have in the integrity of regulation and assurance of standards across Australia and New Zealand.
We’re delighted that as well as helping eligible architects to register, saving them time and money, the new and more proportionate process will also create opportunities for tomorrow’s architects to study internationally across the three countries.”
Dougal McKechnie, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board, said:
“This agreement will facilitate the mobility of architects registered in the United Kingdom and New Zealand and between our countries.
We want our registration processes to be as straightforward as possible, while still ensuring new registrants have what is necessary for safe and effective practice. Mutual recognition agreements such as this benefit qualifying architects with a simpler pathway to registration between the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
We are delighted to have developed and signed this trilateral agreement and thank the ARB and the AACA for all the work that has gone into making it possible.”
United Kingdom Business & Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said:
“This is great news for British architects, unlocking new markets and helping UK businesses to grow, create new jobs and pay higher wages and comes following the signature of our new free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand.”
Interested architects or students can find more information on their home regulator’s website:
• Australia – AACA: https://aaca.org.au/mutual-recognition/united-kingdom/
• New Zealand – NZRAB: https://www.nzrab.nz/c/Alt-To-Apply
• UK – ARB: arb.org.uk/international-routes/
Review of the Registered Architects Act 20053 March 2023
You have probably heard by now that Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have commenced a review of the Registered Architects Act 2005. The review of our Act is part of a broader programme of work looking at a series of changes to the wider building control system – known as the Building Systems Reforms – which includes reviewing the building consent system, improving consumer protection and changes to occupational regulation.
This is a once in a generation opportunity to have your voice heard on the way architects are regulated. It is 18 years since the Registered Architects Act was enacted in 2005, prior to that it was 42 years since the Architects Act of 1963 and a massive 110 years since the New Zealand Institute of Architects Act was enacted in 1913 to “make provision for the Registration of Architects”.
The Board is encouraging the profession to read the consultation material and make a submission on this important consultation – https://www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say/occupational-regulation-reforms-in-the-building-and-construction-sector/
… what is the Boards position …
For a number of years, the Board have lobbied successive governments for:
a single registration entity for architects, Licensed Building Practitioners (Design), architectural designers and architectural technicians that sets professional standards, makes registration assessments and decisions, administers public registers, and investigates complaints;
a single building sector disciplinary tribunal to conduct hearings into serious complaints;
Restricted Building Work (RBW) being extended to cover almost all buildings with this being delineated into permissible levels based on complexity, difficulty, and risk.
… what the Board will be doing …
The Board supports this review of the Act and will be making a submission. NZRAB is responsible for administering the current Act and we have over the course of our existence identified a number of areas where there are limitations or where changes could be positively made. We also have detailed experience operationalising and putting into practice the Act and the associated Registered Architects Rules 2006.
… the consultation document is in two parts …
Part One covers proposals that have already been developed and are now ready to test with the public. These proposals include proposed changes to the licensing and supervision areas for the entire Licensed Building Practitioners regime and codes of ethics for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers and Electrical Workers regimes.
Part Two covers areas where MBIE would like early feedback, specifically how the LBP regime competencies and minimum standard for entry can be improved; and a review of the Registered Architects Act and preliminary issues. Feedback from targeted engagement sessions with representatives in the wider architecture profession revealed issues that MBIE considered warranted further exploration and testing with a broader group of stakeholders. Part Two focuses on issues that MBIE would like to seek feedback and evidence on, to inform their understanding of the issues. This is work that is in early stages of the policy development process and is not yet ready to progress to options or proposals for change.
… when making your submission …
It is important to consider that occupational regulation aims to protect the public from harm by ensuring services are performed with reasonable care and skill. Where there is a major risk that substandard work will lead to disastrous failures, harm to the public and destroy consumers’ trust and confidence in the professions, the Government will consider regulation.
The pace of change within our industry since 2005 has been astronomical – with that change we have seen new materials, new technology, increased regulations, the impact of climate change, all leading to an increase in specialisation and design complexity. It is important to consider in your submission how we may be working in 2050 when we can reasonably expect the next review of our Act.
… how to make submission …
Questions are asked throughout the document and there is a collated list at the end. You can provide feedback only on the sections or questions that you consider relevant – for example, if you are a design professional interested in the Registered Architects review and Licensed Building Practitioners competencies, you could choose to only respond to the questions in those sections. If commenting on LBPs and if your comment is specific to the LBP Design class, ensure you note this and if relevant the Area of Practice.
You are strongly encouraged to include evidence to support your views, for example references to specific projects, independent research, facts and figures, or relevant examples.
If you do not wish to make a submission directly, you are welcome to share your views with us, but please do so prior to 19 March 2023 so we can consider inclusion with our submission at firstname.lastname@example.org.
… submissions direct to MBIE close …
Submissions close at 5pm on Thursday, 6 April 2023.
… next steps after April 2023 …
MBIE have signalled that following consideration of the submissions, they will undertake further policy work and develop options for consultation next year, if appropriate. All feedback received will inform the next steps and any proposals for change.
Ngā mihi maioha
Gina Jones - Chair, New Zealand Registered Architects Board
Link to the consultation material: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/have-your-say/occupational-regulation-reforms-in-the-building-and-construction-sector/
Fourth School of Architecture in New Zealand gains accreditation16 November 2022
At its meeting on 8 November 2022, the New Zealand Registered Architects Board approved the accreditation of Auckland University of Technology’s School of Future Environments, Huri te Ao Hoahoanga, Master of Architecture (Professional) programme. The accreditation is for an initial period of three years through until December 2025.
The qualification will be added to the List of Accredited Architecture Qualifications maintained by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia from whom the Board licenses an agreement to accredit the MArch(Prof) programmes in New Zealand.
Having an accredited qualification is a requirement for the primary pathway to registration as an architect in New Zealand.
Auckland University of Technology’s School of Future Environments, Huri te Ao Hoahoanga, becomes the fourth school of architecture in New Zealand to gain accreditation. AUT joins the University of Auckland, Unitec Institute of Technology, and Victoria University of Wellington as the country’s four accredited architecture schools.
The Board wishes to congratulate the school on their achievement and looks forward to hearing about their progress over the coming years.
Paul Jackman4 July 2022
With great sadness the New Zealand Registered Architects Board has been informed of the death of Paul Jackman our former Chief Executive. Paul passed away in Wellington on Sunday 3 July.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the Jackman family.
Paul was Chief Executive of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board from August 2007 until July 2020, serving under three Chair’s during that time – Ron Pynenburg, Warwick Bell and most recently Gina Jones. As NZRAB Chief Executive, Paul worked with the Board, our Assessors and many in the profession.
Paul had a very strong background in communications and external relations holding various roles in the Department of Building and Housing, NZQA, the Reserve Bank, Federated Famers, and in Parliament as Senior Press Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. Those communication skills, his superb relationship management background, and political experience stood NZRAB in very good stead.
Gina Jones paid tribute, "Paul was a very professional, loyal, and diligent CEO who led many initiatives that assisted the profession and made NZRAB a better organisation. When he retired in 2020 he left the staff and the Board very saddened by his departure but heartened that he would have more time to indulge in his passions - sailing and an enduring interest in politics."
There will be a private family cremation, with a commemoration gathering at a later date. We will advise those commemoration plans when they are known. In the meantime, the Board has sent flowers and will make a donation to the Mary Potter Hospice in Paul’s memory.
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: https://www.mbie.govt.nz/position-descriptions/boards/new-zealand-registered-architects-board-nzrab-member
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.
From the Chief Executive - February 202223 February 2022
The Chief Executive has released the first New Zealand Registration Board/ Te Poari Kaihoahoa Ngaio Rēhita o Aotearoa (NZRAB) newsletter of 2022.
You can view a copy via the following link:
NZRAB Newsletter February 2022
New Cautionary Note published 21 February 2022
The New Zealand Registration Board/ Te Poari Kaihoahoa Ngaio Rēhita o Aotearoa (NZRAB) has just published a new Cautionary Note on undertaking pro bono work in a safe and professional way.
The NZRAB issues Cautionary Notes as part of its role to set and maintain the standards for the profession. Cautionary Notes are shared learnings about the standard expected of a competent Architect who is working within the Code of Minimum Stands of Ethical Conduct for Registered Architects (the Code of Ethics).
Typically these learnings are identified as part of a complaints process, particularly during a process of weighing up what a reasonably competent architect could have done in similar circumstances.
These shared lessons are intended to aid the Architect profession in maintaining the standards in the current practising environment.
The new Cautionary Note can be viewed via the following link:
Cautionary Note 14: Undertaking pro bono work in a safe and professional way
Canada, Australia and New Zealand mutual recognition agreement17 January 2022
The NZRAB Board has renewed the existing trilateral mutual recognition agreement (MRA) between Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
This agreement is entered into under the auspices of the APEC Architect Project, and is signed by the Canadian Architectural Licensing Authorities, the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board.
Originally signed in February 2015, the agreement facilitates the mobility of architects registered or licensed in Canada or New Zealand, and between those economies.
While Australia is a party to this agreement, New Zealand architects are separately entitled to registration in Australia, and vice versa, under the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement.
The renewed trilateral agreement will remain in force for a five-year period and be reviewed in 2026.
New NZRAB Chief Executive appointed9 August 2021
The NZRAB is delighted to announce the appointment of Dougal McKechnie as our new Chief Executive.
Dougal has had a varied career in numerous management and leadership positions across the health, justice and government sectors. He is currently Government Affairs Manager for an emergency services programme to replace critical communications tools for police, fire and ambulance first responders. Prior to that he managed the implementation of a large software application at Canterbury DHB. He was the Chief Executive of the NZ Health IT group — a voluntary membership organisation of around 100 companies providing technology solutions to the health and disability system.
He brings lots of experience in managing relationships in complex sectors and programmes of work, has solid communications skills, and strong knowledge of the machinery of government at senior levels.
Mr McKechnie starts at the NZRAB on 26 August 2021. His first two days will be spent in Auckland attending the training day event for Assessors.
Please join me in welcoming Dougal to the NZRAB.
9 August 2021
NZRAB Continuing Registration Competency Reviews and Professional Conversation Assessments18 June 2021
As of 1 September 2021, all applicants for registration will be able to choose whether they wish to have their CRCR / professional conversation assessments via Zoom or face to face. If face to face, these will be held in Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch.
NZRAB Newsletter of 29 April 202129 April 2021
The Board issued a newsletter to architects providing an update on the NZRAB's activities.
Architects List18 December 2020
The list of Architects approved for registration in 2020 can be found here
NZRAB Newsletter of 18 December 202018 December 2020
The Board issued a newsletter to architects providing an update on the NZRAB's activities.
NZRAB Newsletter of 2 September 20202 September 2020
The Board issued a newsletter to architects providing an update on the NZRAB's activities.
NZRB appoints new Chief Executive2 June 2020
NZRAB Chair Gina Jones today announced the appointment of Margaret Bearsley as the NZRAB's new CE, replacing Paul Jackman who has decided to retire.
CPD points target reduced9 April 2020
The NZRAB Board Chair, Gina Jones, today issued an advisory note to architects saying that to assist them deal with the Covid 19 emergency, all architects' CPD points targets were being reduced by 200 points.
Newsletter re Covid 19 issued27 March 2020
The NZRAB's Chair, Gina Jones, today issued a newsletter to architects providing an update on the impact of the Covid 19 health emergency on the NZRAB's activities.
Covid 19 24 March 2020
Following the Government's decision to place New Zealand on Alert Level 4, the NZRAB's offices were shut down today, with staff working from home. In addition, the Pathway 1 Initial Registration Round was cancelled at least until 31 May 2020.
Andrew Symonds Acting CE12 March 2020
Owing to NZRB Chief Executive Paul Jackman being ill and on extended sick leave, Andrew Symonds today stood in as Acting Chief Executive, with all the relevant duties, delegations and responsibilities. This was in addition to Andrew's normal duties as Executive Officer - Public Protection.
ACR fee increase5 March 2020
The fee schedule to the Registered Architects Rules 2006 was today amended so that the annual Certificate of Registration Fee was increased from $644.00 to $724.50, effective 1 July 2020.
New Service Concerns Procedures9 January 2020
The NZRAB today advised architects of new service concern procedures being implimented, starting 10 January 2020, to improve the way the NZRAB carries out its disciplinary functions.
NZRB Newsletter December 201912 December 2019
The NZRAB today issued its last newsletter to architects for 2019.
NZRAB Annual Report 201914 November 2019
The NZRAB today published its Annual Report for 2019.
Cautionary Note No 9 Avoiding Inducements26 September 2019
The Chair of the NZRAB today issued a Cautionary Note to the Profession in regard to avoiding inducements.