Architect (Senior) Jobs

How to Enter

To move into a Senior Architect job, professionals would first need to be registered with the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB). The board usually requires applicants to do the following:

  • Hold a recognised architecture qualification
  • Complete 140 weeks of practical experience (95 of which must be completed after graduating)
  • Pass the NZRAV practical experience assessment


Registered Architects also need to undertake continuing professional development to maintain their registration.


In some circumstances, people who have a Master of Architecture (Professional) and extensive design experience in the building sector, can apply to become registered straight away. Once registered, most Architects would reach senior status after five or more years working.


Typical Responsibilities

Senior Architects can expect to do some or all of the following:

  • Analysing customer and client requirements and discussing ideas
  • 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



A Senior Architect can decide to move into more specialist areas including interior, urban, or sustainable design, conservation, community development, project management or planning. In the public sector, Senior Architects can often progress into management and policy roles.


Salary Range

85K – 120K per annum (NZD)


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Physical Address:
Level 4, Aviation House
12 Johnston Street
Wellington 6011
New Zealand

Postal Address:
PO Box 5555,
Wellington 6140

Tel: +64 4 499 8800
Fax: +64 4 499 0955



Physical Address:
Level 1, Altrans House,
104 Quay Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 951 5011 


Physical Address:
50A Ossian Street
Napier 4110
New Zealand
Tel: 0800 868 436


Brisbane, Australia

Physical Address:
477 Boundary Street
QLD 4000
Tel: +61 7 3085 7427