Become a Student Member
Kia ora. We’re Te Kāhui Whaihanga (and so are you). From students with long careers ahead of them to registered architects with impressive achievements, we exist to build a sense of community in the profession and promote your interests.
Te Kāhui Whaihanga champions the cause of architecture in this country: we exist to help our members achieve their goal of giving New Zealanders the best possible buildings in which to live their lives. You can join us.
Te Kāhui Whaihanga (NZIA) membership for students of architecture in New Zealand is free – and our student members also become members of the Student Architecture Network New Zealand (SANNZ), which delivers a range of student-specific events and collegial activities for you to enjoy.
Since its foundation in 1905, the New Zealand Institute of Architects has promoted high standards of building design. We produce material essential to architects’ practice, operate design and technical programmes to educate our members, and run a rigorous peer-reviewed awards programme that sets the benchmark for architecture in New Zealand.
By joining with us, we can help you:
- Connect you with other students from the three schools of architecture through the Student Architecture Network of New Zealand – a Te Kāhui Whaihanga student body that organises student-specific events, competitions and collegial activities.
- Connect you with leading architects and future employers.
- Find you opportunities for greater involvement in the profession – seminars, student events, design competitions and social opportunities.
- Keep you up to date with professional news and issues though publications, practice notes, newsletters and advice.
- Provide you with preferential rates for seminars and lectures, including our bi-annual national conference, in:situ.
Te Kāhui Whaihanga also undertakes curriculum consultation and degree accreditation roles and provide affiliation with overseas institutes, as well as organising and sponsoring the Resene Student Design Awards.
Student membership is available to any student participating in an architecture or architecture-related course, the completion of which entitles that person to gain a recognised qualification prescribed by council as being acceptable for architect membership.
Who can join?
Council may admit to Architecture Student Membership any person who is a student participating in an architecture or architecture-related course, the completion of which entitles that person to gain a recognised qualification prescribed by Council as being acceptable for Architect membership.
All membership applications must be formally approved by the Te Kāhui Whaihanga Council, which meets four times a year. However, once your initial membership submission has been accepted and paid, you will be able to access the full range of member benefits.
Te Kāhui Whaihanga Architecture Student Members also become members of the Student Architecture Network New Zealand (SANNZ). Follow the Student Architecture Network of New Zealand (SANNZ) on Instagram.
Formal resignation in writing is required for members to discontinue Te Kāhui Whaihanga membership. Te Kāhui Whaihanga does not supply magazines. Any magazines received by Te Kāhui Whaihanga members are supplied by the magazine publishers.
Am I eligible?
Student membership is available to anyone participating in an architecture or architecture-related course which, upon completion, provides you with a qualification recognised by the Te Kāhui Whaihanga council as being acceptable for Architect membership.
How much does it cost?
Student membership is free! And student members automatically become members of the Student Architecture Network New Zealand (SANNZ), which delivers a range of events and activities.
Are there other benefits?
Affordable events – become a student member and benefit from discounted rates for events, including our bi-annual national conference, in:situ, as well as a host of student events. You’ll also receive the weekly Bulletin, an informative and entertaining digest of essential information about architecture in New Zealand.
What else does the Institute do for students?
The New Zealand Institute of Architects undertakes curriculum consultation and degree accreditation roles with the three schools of architecture. We provide affiliation with overseas institutes and organise and support the Te Kāhui Whaihanga Resene Student Design Awards.