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RIBA International

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RIBA international

Guidance, advice and the latest news for those based in the UK or internationally; and information for those who are interested in working overseas or becoming a member

The RIBA is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture, with more than 47,000 members worldwide. Through our work we champion better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members both in the UK and overseas, at the peak of their profession.

RIBA International offers support for members based or wanting to work overseas, with four global regions - Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia & Australasia - and six established International Chapters serving local communities of architects across the world and hosting regular events and activities.

We promote our members internationally through a strong presence at international conferences and high profile events and through initiatives such as our International Prize and Awards.

We work with international institutes of architects and international architectural organisations - such as the Architects Council of Europe (ACE), the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and the International Union of Architects (UIA) – to develop collaborative projects, support global networking, promote design excellence in architecture and create greater mobility within the profession.

Read the latest news and newsletters from UIA, ACE and CAA.

We also work with other partner organisations, such as the Department of International Trade (DIT), British Expertise International and China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), to arrange activities such as trade visits, networking receptions and one-to-one business matchmaking appointments.

Find a RIBA Chartered Member by searching the RIBA Member Directory.

Coronavirus update

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For any UK member queries, please email

For any International queries, please email

Resources to help you working internationally

How to register overseas

Information about registering as an architect outside of the UK

The RIBA’s vision is to be a ‘global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture’. Our role is to support our international members and our international communities which is crucial to achieving this vision.

We represent the interests of our international members through a dedicated platform of four international regions: RIBA Americas, RIBA Asia and Australasia, RIBA Europe, and RIBA Middle East and Africa. The aim is to build on local expertise by sharing knowledge and to influence the framework in which architecture can flourish internationally.

Our team

Sharjah office

Shanghai office

  • Umi Lyu, Head of Business Development China

For general international regions queries, please email RIBA International.

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The RIBA, its members and its practices are the collective voice of architecture. If you are a professional architect, a representative of a practice, a student of architecture, or if you work in a related industry, visit our Membership page.

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