What we do
Ostend Road House by Bull O’Sullivan Architects.
Photo by Simon Devitt
Through many activities and initiatives, the Institute makes a positive contribution to place-making and city-shaping in New Zealand.
In designing the places and spaces in which New Zealanders live, work and play the NZIA’s members cooperate and collaborate with local and national government to improve the quality of New Zealand’s built environment. The NZIA interacts with local and central government, and its members have prepared substantial submissions on civic planning exercises, such as the proposed Auckland Plan.
NZIA members serve on the Urban Design Panels which, in Auckland and around the country, are having a discernible effect on building quality. The NZIA facilitates design competitions, believing they are a means to raise the standard of the country’s architecture and foster a stronger design culture. New Zealand’s cities and towns all face their own particular problems. The NZIA wants to be part of the solution.
The NZIA is governed by a Council comprising the Institute’s President, Chief Executive and Councillors elected by the NZIA’s branches. The organisation’s office staff is based in Auckland.
The NZIA administers an extensive Continuing Professional Development program to educate and upskill its members. It prepares graduates for registration and runs a peer-reviewed awards program that sets the benchmark for New Zealand architecture. It stages local events, such as Auckland Architecture Week, to promote public awareness of architecture and urban design, and in 2016 will present New Zealand’s second-ever exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The NZIA maintains close relationships with the country’s Schools of Architecture and related professions and professional organisations, in New Zealand and abroad.
The NZIA has around 3000 members. Approximately 50 per cent are registered architects working in New Zealand, with the balance of membership made up of New Zealand architects working overseas, architectural graduates, architecture students, teachers of architecture and retired architects.
The NZIA was first established in 1905 In 1963, it was reformed under The Architects Act, with functions split between the NZIA, the professional organisation for architects, and what is now known as the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB), which undertakes regulatory functions.
The New Zealand Institute of Architects has around 3000 members. Approximately fifty percent of these are registered architects working in New Zealand.