Categories of Membership

The ZIA Act currently provides for five classes of membership namely:

  1. Corporate Member – to be registered under this class of membership, one must be; must be resident in Zambia, has attained the age of twenty one years and holds a bachelor of architecture degree or its equivalent recognized by the Council. They must also have completed at least two years of post-graduate practical full time employment under the supervision of a registered architect, must have passed the professional competence examination conducted by the ZIA Council, and has paid the registration and membership fees prescribed by the Council.
  2. Honorary Member – Must be nominated by the ZIA President and approved by the ZIA Council based on distinguished practice in the architectural or allied profession; or rendered exceptional and important services relating to the architectural or allied profession.
  3. Life Member – must be a retired corporate member, and a person who has made outstanding contributions to the professions.
  4. Foreign Member – A person who decides to practice the profession outside Zambia and, except for not being resident in Zambia qualifies to be a corporate member.
  5. Student – A person may on the application to the council be admitted as a student member if he is undergoing post graduate period of training in any industry connected with architecture or an allied profession.


Composition of Registration Committee.

  • the Vice President.
  • the Honorary Secretary.
  • two Past Presidents and fully paid up corporate members of the Institute.
  • the Chairperson of the Membership Committee; and
  • a senior Corporate Member nominated by the President and approved by the Council.


Functions of the Registration Committee:

  • consider applications for registration of architects.
  • prepare programmes of training including acquiring of acceptable practical experience for trainees and graduates of architecture for registration as architects.
  • liaise with approved institutions of architecture on practical training for architects and monitoring and working out modalities of the diary; and;
  • to conduct examinations or interviews for professional competence at such times and places as the Council shall determine


The Membership Committee consists of the following members:

  1. the Honorary Secretary; and
  2. four members of the council nominated by the President and approved by the council


The functions of the Membership Committee are to:

  • process applications for all categories of membership and make Committee recommendations to the Council;
  • keep a register of various classes of membership;
  • recommend subscription fees for approval by the council; and
  • do all other things that the council may direct the Committee to do