Connecting people with architecture

We’re a leading professional body for architectural designers and architects in New Zealand. We represent a proud community of design professionals who share a passion for architecture and creating a better-built environment for all New Zealanders. We offer leadership, support, comradery, education, advice and advocacy to our 800 plus members, but most importantly, we’re strong champions of promoting and enhancing New Zealand design and architecture. By joining ADNZ, our members demonstrate a commitment to professional excellence.

Who we are

Our members are a diverse bunch and include leaders in architecture, qualified architectural designers, registered architects, innovators in sustainable design, students, interns and practice owners. They work on a range of projects, from all forms of residential through to complex commercial developments, from Invercargill to Northland.

Meet the team & Board

Our members are supported by a talented National Office team, who tirelessly work to deliver exceptional events, training, support, marketing of the organisation, amongst many other things. We're very fortunate to have an exceptional Board, working on behalf of members to ensure good governance, set policies and have input into the strategic direction of ADNZ.

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Our history

Since 1966, Architectural Designers New Zealand has been working with architectural professionals in New Zealand. Becoming a member of ADNZ demonstrates a commitment to ethical practice, to working at a higher standard, to continued professional development and to belonging to a community that advocates and stands for better architectural design.

ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards

The annual ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards are one of New Zealand's most prestigious architecture award programmes. For more than 20 years, our awards have celebrated innovative, sustainable and inspirational residential and commercial projects designed by members of Architectural Designers New Zealand.

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Our trusted partners

Our partners are a big part of our community and we value the support and knowledge they share with our architectural design professionals. We believe in true partnerships and developing fantastic relationships that ensure benefits for everyone. We welcome expressions of interest in becoming a partner of ADNZ.

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A celebration of NZ architecture

The Defign magazine, produced on an annual basis by ADNZ is for those passionate about architecture who want to escape into the creative and unique world of New Zealand design and architecture. All award winning designs and innovative entries from the ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards fill the pages to inspire and document the best of New Zealand architecture.

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Why use an ADNZ Professional?

All members of ADNZ are independently skills assessed and held accountable to ADNZ's high industry standards. By selecting an ADNZ member to design your next project; you’re choosing quality, competency and peace of mind.

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  • ADNZ Competency Standards 07 May 2020 pdf 135 KB Download
  • Code of Ethics 07 Jul 2021 pdf 580 KB Download
  • ADNZ Rules 16 Dec 2021 pdf 767 KB Download