We're a home for architectural design professionals

Come on, join our supportive community of architectural design professionals and let’s work together to encourage excellence, inspire each other, create strong networks, promote our dynamic profession and build a better New Zealand.

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Why join ADNZ?

We’re more than a professional body, we’re home to a community of over 700 architectural designers, architects, and architectural students. We collaborate, engage and set the standard for excellence in New Zealand architectural design.

Our members are at the core of everything we do. We make it our mission to deliver the very best in continued professional development and to provide an encouraging environment for our members to grow and thrive as design professionals.

ADNZ has been a leading force in the promotion of a better built environment for more than 60 years. Our relationships with both local and central government help to advocate for better building standards, changes to policy, and a New Zealand where sustainable, warm, dry, healthy homes are considered standard. By joining ADNZ, you become a part of the conversation and commit to a better New Zealand.

Expert mentoring and coaching to help grow your business

We provide many opportunities each year to learn, network, collaborate and celebrate success. Not only do we enjoy coming together as a group for larger national events, we also like local. We encourage our members to attend regular regional events to build industry connections and friendship through sharing of experience and advice.

Our members work in all architectural disciplines, located throughout New Zealand and are at varying stages of their careers. From interns through to professional practice owners and registered architects, we celebrate diversity in the sector and in our profession.

Attend exclusive industry events

Throughout the year, we provide hundreds of events for members at a local and national level to connect and keep up with industry standards, trends, innovations, products and offerings. These events provide opportunities for our members to hear from experts in their field, receive training and updates on industry news and the latest statutory changes and legislation. Our online resources, webinars and videos enable our more remote rural members to take full advantage of their membership.

Annually, our flagship national conference draws the membership together from all corners of New Zealand to learn from the best, and to celebrate the winners of our annual design awards programme.

All our educational events are aligned with the ADNZ CPD programme to ensure members meet our standards and are continuing to develop their professional skills and knowledge.

Prioritise your professional development

We help our members to grow and take that next step in their career development no matter their age or stage of their career. Through our online resources, regular communications, member's group chat and our regular CPD events, as a collective we’ll help you to develop new skills and hone your experience. Whether you work independently or as part of a team, Architectural Designers New Zealand will provide you with the tools, advice, resources and confidence you need. Open up a world of opportunity to be a better you.

Extend your leadership skills and understanding of governance

We provide opportunities for members to extend their skills into governance roles with eligibility for nomination to our National Board and Regional Executive. These are volunteer positions but critical to the success of Architectural Designers New Zealand. The enthusiasm and commitment from our Board is what helps drive the continued growth and success of ADNZ. It's also one of the biggest reasons why we're so focused on our members and building a 'members first' organisation.

Connect with new clients

Through our multiple marketing channels, Architectural Designers New Zealand connects you with new clients. When you join ADNZ, you become part of our exclusive ‘find a designer’ directory that allows you to showcase your professional portfolio. You may also be featured in our defign blog or defign magazine, have your work showcased across our extensive social media presence and have the opportunity to enter the highly publicised and influential ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. Marketing is also a focus for several ADNZ education events throughout the year to help members develop the skills to effectively promote their professional talents.

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Take charge of your career

We’re an organisation founded on supporting individual designers to be the best they can be. You don’t need to be a practice owner to be a member of Architectural Designers New Zealand. Our membership is diverse and includes interns, experienced architectural designers and registered architects. Only individual members can enter our highly publicised ADNZ Resene Architectural Design Awards. Build your professional profile and reputation.

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Become better at running your own business

Though membership with ADNZ is for individual designers, we do offer many benefits for business owners. As a business owner, you must continue your own professional development to be the best leader and employer you can be.

Resources include our online forum, business templates, relevant industry training and a network of supportive and experienced designers, nationally and locally.

We love to promote the work of our members. Your business will be promoted on our 'find a designer' directory and could be showcased on our various social media channels, including our defign magazine or blog.

Through attendance at our educational events for business owners you'll learn how to grow your business, how to market your business, best management practices and statutory requirements you must adhere to.

Our exclusive suite of business templates is a game changer for many of our members, helping their business to operate at the professional standard required to succeed.

ADNZ also offers a job board resource for those looking to advertise new roles and attract new employees.

Strong local flavour

We have regional committees to support our members and to assist in the delivery of targeted local networking and education events operating throughout New Zealand. ADNZ has a strong presence nationwide including Otago, Canterbury, Nelson, Marlborough, Wellington, Palmerston North, Waikato, Taranaki, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Southland, West Coast, Northland and Auckland.

Business templates

Our specialist business templates provide members who are practice owners and managers, or those looking to go out on their own, with everything they need to successfully work with clients and contractors. Don’t get caught out. Make sure your paperwork is up to scratch and meets the standards and requirements of our industry and your discerning clients.

Exclusive discounts

Take advantage of exclusive discounts through our ADNZ Trade Card and special offers from selected partners. Members also receive discounted rates on professional indemnity insurance, along with extra insurance benefits, through our preferred provider AON. This ensures our members have peace of mind and the necessary support should they need it.

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