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RIBA International chapters

RIBA International Chapters support the local architecture community on a voluntary basis. The Chapters enable professionals to enhance their sense of belonging, build networks and benefit from locally developed RIBA related services.

There are three volunteer-led groups in China, Gulf and Hong Kong operating as full chapters of RIBA.

There are also three 'volunteer-led organisations' which organise activities in-country in: Sri Lanka, Singapore and USA. These groups are independent of RIBA.

RIBA International Chapters support international communities in line with the RIBA’s vision to be a ‘global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture’. The groups are also an important source of market insight to inform the work of RIBA and, through the RIBA Regional elected representative, help the RIBA Council to provide strategic advice and guidance to the Board. 

RIBA International Chapters can apply to the Local Initiative Fund (LIF) on an annual basis to support delivery of member-led activity on the ground. LIF applications should meet the aims and objectives of the RIBA and are assessed on criteria set out on this website.  

How to set up a new RIBA International chapter

To apply to set up a new Chapter there must be a minimum of 50 Chartered members who support the proposals with a group of at least five and no more than eight volunteer members to form an initial steering group.

Once the 50 signatures have been achieved the Steering Group works closely with their relevant RIBA team to produce an outline activity plan and business case for the Chapter which is submitted for approval to the RIBA Board.

The decision of the RIBA Board in relation to each application to set up a new Branch/Chapter is final. For more information, please contact

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