Governance of the Institute is undertaken by the NZIA Council, led by an elected President, which meets four times a year.
In its decision making, the Council is guided by a set of rules that define objectives and help decide matters of importance. The Council’s composition is determined by election, with Institute members in each of the eight branches voting for a regional representative. The three schools of architecture and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board are also represented.
Judi Keith-Brown, BArch NZIA Registered Architect
As a young architect, Judi worked for Dave Launder before heading over to Glasgow for three years, where she worked on a range of public housing projects. Upon return to New Zealand, Judi taught 4th year design at the School of Architecture for 10 years, before going back into private practice in 2007.
Primarily a housing specialist, Judi has worked on a wide range of projects from new houses to the restoration of a Grade-A listed historic building in Scotland, to public housing, but now mainly works on residential projects in Wellington and Hawkes Bay. In 2008 she set up a collaborative space called The Drawing Office in the Hope Gibbons Building, an iconic Wellington 1920s office building.
Judi has been a New Zealand Registered Architects Board assessor for 12 years and is still an active member of the Victoria School of Architecture community.
Judi will serve as Te Kāhui Whaihanga NZIA President for two years from May 2020.
Current NZIA Council
President: Judi Keith-Brown
Immediate Past President: Tim Melville
Auckland Councillor: Rachel Venables
Gisborne/Hawkes Bay Councillor: Richard Daniels
Waikato/Bay of Plenty Councillor: Jason Benton
Western Councillor: Caroline Tyrrell
Wellington Councillor: Belinda Tuohy
Nelson/Marlborough Councillor: Rachel Dodd
Canterbury Councillor: Colin Corsbie
Southern Councillor: Andrea Bell
Co-Opted Graduate Representative: Renée Williamson
Co-Opted Ngā Aho Representative: Whare Timu
Co-Opted Councillor: Courtney Kitchen
Policies set by Council fit broadly into the following areas: practice support, membership services and professional development. Members assist with work in these areas to ensure that all members are kept up to date with developments and services.
The network of eight branches throughout the country provides a place for local membership services and activities and a connection with local communities. They also help members stay connected with current issues and provide local support to the profession.
Each Branch has a committee, led by a Chairperson elected from the local membership.
Current Branch Chairs
Auckland: Ken Crosson
Waikato/Bay of Plenty: Roger Dowling
Gisborne/Hawkes Bay: Hilary Finn
Western: Darren Shadbolt
Wellington: Angela Foster
Nelson/Marlborough: Nathan Edmonston
Canterbury: Mark Vryenhoek
Southern: Chris Norman
The NZIA Council
Members nationwide elect representatives to the NZIA Council, which also includes representatives from the Schools of Architecture at Victoria and Auckland Universities and at Unitec, and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board. Policies set by council fit broadly into the following areas: practice support, membership services and professional development. Members assist with work in these areas to ensure all members are kept up to date with developments and services. The day to day work of the Institute is undertaken by a small management team comprising a chief executive, a professional services manager and a communications manager who all receive further support from five other staff. All staff are based in Auckland. A network of eight branches throughout the country provides a local focus for members, who use their branch as an avenue for involvement in the Institute’s activities.