New Zealand Institute of Architects

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is a membership-based professional organisation that represents 90 per cent of all registered architects in New Zealand, and promotes architecture that enhances the New Zealand living environment.[1]

Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects
Formation1905, reformed by Architects Act 1963
TypeProfessional body
Region served
New Zealand
about 4500
Tim Melville
Chief executive
Teena Hale-Pennington

The organisation was founded in 1905, and provides services to New Zealand architects, such as ongoing professional training, policies and guidelines to promote high quality architectural practice, events and general support for the architectural profession in New Zealand.

It also functions to celebrate outstanding architecture, in part by presenting annual awards for excellence in architecture.[2][3] These annual awards are named the New Zealand Architecture Awards, and have been sponsored by Resene paints since 1990. The awards programme consists of Local Awards, run by each of the Institute's eight branches, and New Zealand Awards, a national level distinction.

From 2016, the NZIA's "named awards" replaced the New Zealand Architecture Medal as the country's highest level of architectural achievement. Named awards are conferred in categories of public, commercial, educational and residential architecture, and are named for influential New Zealand architects Sir Ian Athfield, Sir Miles Warren, John Scott and Ted McCoy, each of whom has made a powerful contribution to the practice of architecture in New Zealand.

The most prestigious award in New Zealand architecture is the NZIA Gold Medal, which is awarded to an individual architect who has made an outstanding contribution to the field.[4]

The Institute is not responsible for the registration of architects, which is within the purview of the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB).

Gold Medal

The (NZIA) Gold Medal is the highest award of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. The Gold Medal is awarded to an individual for an outstanding contribution to the practice of architecture, demonstrated through the production of a consistently high-quality body of work over a period of time.


See also


  1. "New Zealand Institute of Architects Home". NZIA. Retrieved 10 June 2008.
  2. "Who we are". 11 May 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  3. "NEW Zealand Institute of Architects". The Community Archive. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 27 February 2017.
  4. "New Zealand Institute of Architects - Awards".
  5. "2016 Gold Medal: Roger Walker". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  6. "2015 Gold Medal: Stuart Gardyne". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  7. "2014 New Zealand Architecture Awards". Architecture Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  8. "2013 Gold Medal: Pip Cheshire". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  9. "2010 Gold Medal: Marshall Cook". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  10. "New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal Winner 2010". e-architect. 10 May 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  11. "2006 Gold Medal: Gordon Moller". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  12. "2005 Gold Medal: David Mitchell". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  13. "2004 Gold Medal: Ian Athfield". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  14. "2003 Gold Medal: Peter Beaven". Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  15. "2002 Gold Medal: Edward John (Ted) McCoy". Retrieved 22 February 2017.

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