• 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:

  • 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.


    Gina Jones
    Board Chair
    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. 

  • Fees consultation21 August 2019

    The NZRAB today began a consultation with architects and other stakeholders regarding a proposed increase in the Architects' Annual Certificate of Registration Fee from $644.00 (GST included) to $724.50 (GST included). The consultation closes on 23 September 2019.

  • NZRAB submission to MBIE re occupational regulation14 June 2019

    The NZRAB today provided the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) with a submission in response to a MBIE consultation about occupational regulation in the building sector and other matters.

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