Accreditation for MArch (Prof)

16 Nov, 2022
Professor Charles Walker
Professor Charles Walker

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.

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