After serving the government for 31 years, Ar. Zuraina Leily Awalludin retired on 31 August 2015 where her last posting was at the Architectural Branch, Public Works Department (PWD) Malaysia. Amongst her duties then, were heading several design teams providing architectural, interior design and building conservation services for Government funded projects.
She is presently appointed as an Associate Professor (Industry) at the Faculty of Built Environment in University Malaya where she also lectures students in the Masters programme. Further to that, she has currently two architectural practices that is as the director of Acasys Design and Environmental Architects Sdn. Bhd (ADEA), a body corporate practice and the Principal of Zuraina Leily Architect, a sole proprietor practice.
For the past few years, she had been appointed to serve as a Board Member and as Registrar where she is actively involved in several Committees at the Board of Architects Malaysia. Presently, she holds a few post that is; Honorary Secretary to the Council of Architectural Accreditation for Education Malaysia (CAAEM); Committee Member of the Monitoring Committee for APEC Architect Project as well as for ASEAN Architect.
In the international level, she had been involved and represented the profession in many international missions and negotiations especially in the ASEAN region. She played a key role in drafting the Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) for the ASEAN Member States on Architectural Services. In the year 2009 to 2011, she held the post of Honorary Secretary for the Inaugral ASEAN Architect Council.
Besides her practice as an Architect and involvement in lecturing students, she is also an accredited Conservator registered with the National Heritage Department Malaysia. In 2016 and 2018, she was elected as Council Member for International Council Of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) of Malaysia, which champions the protection of heritage buildings and sites.