The second edition of Focus will take place on the 16th of October 2019 at VitrA’s Nişantaşı venue “VBenzeri Mekan” in İstanbul and will bring together professionals from the leading architecture offices of Turkey and executives from RIBA. Following a formal introduction about architectural practice in the UK, the conditions of the profession and the notion of RIBA in this context, a Q§A session will be held, where Azlina Bulmer, Director of International Regions in RIBA will answer questions from the audience about why architects should be affiliated to RIBA, types of membership and its advantages etc.

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Director of International Regions – RIBA

Azlina Bulmer is RIBA’s Director of International. Azlina is responsible for RIBA’s day to day activities outside the United Kingdom and works closely with RIBA members and stakeholders across the globe to increase RIBA’s profile, extend RIBA’s reach and encourage design excellence.

Previously to this, Azlina was the Head of Operations for UK Regions at RIBA.  Before joining RIBA in 2016, Azlina worked in social investment banking for over 7 years specialising in investment readiness working with charities all over the UK and Europe to ensure access to finance for all particularly in asset-backed investment.

Azlina was instrumental in the set up and design of the Big Potential Fund, a £20m grant scheme by Big Lottery Fund, which provided grant support to social business in the UK.    In voluntary capacity Azlina is on the Board of Directors at University College of Osteopathy where she is also serving as the Chair of the Finance & Estates Committee and is a governor at a local school.


The Royal Institute of British Architects is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. We serve our members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Being inclusive, ethical, environmentally aware and collaborative underpins all that we do.

The RIBA is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture, with more than 47,727 members worldwide.

We offer support for members based or wanting to work overseas, with four global regions – Americas, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and Asia & Australasia – and 11 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 events and through initiatives such as our International Prize and Awards. We work with international institutes of architects and international architectural organisations to develop collaborative projects, support global networking, promote design excellence in architecture and create greater mobility within the profession.

We also work with other partner organisations, such as the Department of International Trade to arrange activities such as trade visits, networking receptions and one-to-one business matchmaking appointments.



October 16th, Wednesday | 12:00-14:00

VBenzeri Mekan

12.00 – 12:30 Registration

12.30 – 13:30 “Architectural Practices in UK” – Azlina Bulmer | Director of International Regions / RIBA

13.30 – 14:00 Q&A


This event was supported by VitrA.