Auckland University of Technology’s Master of Architecture (Professional) programme is now accredited by the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).
The accreditation formally recognises the postgraduate degree as a pathway for graduates towards registration as an architect in Aotearoa.
Professor Charles Walker, Head of AUT’s School of Future Environments / Huri te Ao Hoahoanga, says the two-year MArch (Prof) programme combines indigenous world views, regenerative design, and emerging technologies to re-think the built environment.
“Accreditation by the NZRAB is a confirmation that this postgraduate degree meets stringent, internationally recognised standards,” he says.
“This formal acknowledgement is testament to the School’s academic staff who have worked hard alongside students to build a learning community that is collaborative flexible and future focused.”
AUT’s School of Future Environments / Huri te Ao Hoahoanga is uniquely positioned to integrate the teaching of accredited architecture and engineering programmes.
The first cohort of students for the three-year undergraduate Bachelor of Architecture and Future Environments (BAFE) degree began their studies in 2020.
Master of Architecture (Professional) programme students, who began their two-year degree in 2020, graduate this year.
After gaining experience in the workplace, AUT’s MArch (Prof) graduates can apply to become a registered architect by undergoing a rigorous procedure, including assessment by a panel of registered architects.
The New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB) is a statutory entity tasked with registering, monitoring and disciplining architects.
By law, only a registered architect can use the title ‘architect’ in the context of offering or providing building design services in Aotearoa.