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RIBA responds to work and study agreement between UK, Australia and New Zealand

Posted: 15th March 2023

Today, Wednesday 15 March 2023, a new Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) has been signed between the UK's Architects Registration Board (ARB), the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA), and the New Zealand Registered Architects Board (NZRAB). This agreement between the three countries follows ARB’s recent signing of an MRA with the US’s National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) on 16 February.

From 25 May, eligible architects can benefit from a streamlined registration process that will reduce costs and examinations, making it easier for them to register to work in the UK, Australia and New Zealand respectively. Architects educated up to and including master's level will also be able to complete their training in another partner country.

Responding to the news, RIBA President Simon Allford said:

“This is another welcome step that opens up the world for architects and architecture. Through these agreements, we enable the sharing of expertise and innovation internationally.

With our cultural links and this new agreement, I am optimistic that UK architecture will be able to engage in more projects in Australia and New Zealand, and crucially, the new arrangements will save architects time and money.

I hope that our members and their peers in Australia and New Zealand make the most of this chance to expand beyond borders and import and export best practice in the design of the low carbon future.”