How to Enter
To become a Registered Architect, you will first need to hold a qualification that is recognised by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB), such as a Master of Architecture (MArch), and then do the following:
Complete 140 weeks of practical experience (95 of which must be completed after graduating)
Pass the NZRAB practical experience assessment
In most cases, Architectural Graduates will wait until they have completed four to five years of work before officially starting the process of becoming registered, however, if you feel you’re ready, this can be done sooner.
Registered Architects also need to undertake continuing professional development to maintain their registration.
Registered Architects may be expected to do some or all of the following:
Identifying local authority requirements and constraints
Drawing designs and schematics for construction and development projects
Identifying what building materials need to be used
Advising what building procedures that need to be followed and project costs to client
Applying for building permits and resource consents
Overseeing construction, conducting site inspections and ensure developments comply with plans, budgets, authority constraints and budgets
Planning interior and exterior spaces and working with Landscaping Architect
After several years of working experience, a Registered Architect could move into a Senior Architect role and then work towards becoming a Principal Architecture. Alternatively, Architects could also decide to further specialist in areas such as Interior, Urban, or Sustainable Design, Conservation, Community Development, Project Management or Planning.
60K – 85K per annum (NZD)