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Choose your architect

Choose your architect

The New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) has launched a new service to help members of the public search for an architect that best suits their project, and it's quick to point out the new service does not endorse a particular architect over another.

"The NZRAB is not endorsing or promoting any architect - this facility reflects requests by architects to be considered for specific kinds of work in specific localities, and nothing more," notes the site.

NZRAB chair Warwick Bell says: "This advice is important. The NZRAB is a statutory Board and is not marketing or advocating individual architects or their services.”

The ‘Choose a Suitable Architect’ search capacity allows users to select one of 27 work types and 22 localities to match their project. The search facility then lists architects who have asked to be considered for that type of work in that area. Location and contact details for each architect are provided.

"Up till now, people using the online New Zealand Architects Register couldn't distinguish between architects who were available to take on work and architects who were not,” says Bell. “In addition, the Register told the public nothing about each architect's professional focus. There was no way of knowing who was available to do residential work or to design a hospital, and so on. These weaknesses have now been remedied."

He says the Registered Architects Act 2005 requires the NZRAB to provide an Architects Register that enables the public to choose a suitable architect from a list of Registered Architects.

"This initiative completes a series of enhancements to the New Zealand Architects Register which means it is now fully compliant with the requirements of the Registered Architects Act 2005," says Bell. 

Check out the search function HERE.

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