Nia Members



When registering as a professional architect with Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors, it is required to enrol as a member of the NIA. The benefits to members add additional value to this membership by providing some of the following:


  • Lends a voice to architects within the Building Industry, protecting the rights of our Architectural Members, and the architectural profession.
  • Upholds to the public a high standard of architectural ethics, integrity and professionalism through its members
  • Engaging with the Namibia Council for Architects and Quantity Surveyors (NACQS) on issues affecting profession

Access to information

  • Provides access to building Industry good practice contractual documents, at a reduced fee.
  • Collects & archives Government Gazettes at the NIA Offices, where professionals can obtain copies of these valuable documents
  • Disseminates electronic communication with our members on a regular basis

Continued professional development

  • Support to the continued development of the Architectural Profession within Namibia through Continued Professional Development (CPD) courses and events, and other topical workshops and forums.
  • Opens the opportunity to serve on NIA council and affect change in the profession?

Promotion and marketing of excellent architecture

  • Recognising outstanding service and design through the Namibia Architecture Awards of Merit which is facilitated and hosted by the Namibia Institute of Architects.
  • Conferring the NIA Lifetime Achievement Awards to outstanding service to the industry by our architects.
  • Publishing and distribution of the Digest of Namibia Architecture, featuring our members work.
  • Features all NIA corporate members, architects-in-training and architectural practices on the NIA website for easy reference

Practice & member support

  • Provides the assistance of a dedicated committee and friendly and efficient administrative staff.
  • Opens the opportunity to serve on NIA council and affect change in the profession?

Education & transformation

  • Promotion of Architectural Studies through the NIA Bursary Fund.
  • Student membership to engage our future architects within the architectural profession.
  • Support students academic activities and research.

Types of membership & fees

Types of Membership

  • Principal Architect
  • Corporate Architect
  • Architect-in-training
  • Draughtsman
  • Architect-in-training: Local
  • Retired corporate member
  • Non-resident corporate member
  • Student Member

Membership Fees

Membership fees are payable annually.
The latest membership fees can be found here: CLICK HERE

An initial once-off registration fees is applicable per application.

Practices & Practice Levies

Each corporate member active in private practice is considered by the NIA as part of a practice and as per paragraph 5.7 of the NIA Constitution practice levies are due. All practices must be approved and registered with the NIA.

Practice levies will be charged per person within the practice involved in the production of architectural drawings or layouts. Administrative staff is excluded in the calculation of the practice levies, however interior designers and or any other people assisting in drawings are. The practice levies rates are published each year by the NIA and distributed to its practices.

Of the practice levies, 30% (thirty percent) will be allocated to the NIA bursary fund.

Apply for membership

When applying for membership, the following will be required:

  • Letter confirming employment at registered Namibian Practice
  • Copy of Namibian Identity document or passport
  • Foreigners: copy of work permit & passport
  • Copy of qualification(s)
  • Payment of once off registration fees.

Click here to apply for membership