Associate Professor Anna Rubbo



Associate Professor
Anna Rubbo
Associate Professor
Room 508, G04 'Wilkinson Building', 148 City Road, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
+61 2 9351 3065

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Research Areas | Units and Programs | Education | Professional Experience | Memberships and Associations | Biography | Publications and Outputs

Research Areas:

  • Professional education
  • Inclusive urbanisation and participatory processes
  • Architectural history and biography
  • Housing and gender in relation to the profession and globalisation of architecture

Units taught and programs

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Architecture (Melbourne)
  • Doctorate of Architecture (Michigan)

Professional Experience

  • 1999 | Head of Department of Architecture, Planning and Allied Arts, University of Sydney (until 2001).
  • 1997 | Associate Professor, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.
  • 1983 | Senior Lecturer, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, University of Sydney.
  • 1979 | Assistant Professor, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
  • 1975 | Lecturer, Residential College, University of Michigan.

Memberships and Associations

  • 2011 | Invited advisor to Architecture Australia
  • 2010 | AIA Life Fellow
  • 2009 | Institute for Sustainable Solutions, University of Sydney, invited member
  • 2009 | Member, Expert Group UN Habitat- WOUD (World Olympic Urban Design)
  • 2009 | Member, Expert Group UIA Architects without Frontiers
  • 2003 | Chair, RAIA Marion Mahony Griffin Award Jury
  • 2002 | Member, United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers


Anna Rubbo has degrees in architecture from the University of Melbourne and the University of Michigan, where she also taught. She has worked in practice in Australia (Ancher, Mortlock & Murray, G & R Block, Peter Muller) and the UK (Arup Associates), and in her doctorate investigated cultural and design questions in relation to housing and settlement patterns in a rural area of Colombia, South America. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and at the University of Michigan, and recipient of a Center for the Education of Women fellowship to research architectural education and globalisation.

She has served as head of the Department of Architecture Planning and Allied Arts, as BSc (Architecture) and B.Arch program coordinator, and as a member of the NSW Board of Architects. She was a member of the National Capital Authority Griffin Legacy Advisory Panel (2003-04) and the UN Millennium Project Taskforce to Improve the Lives of Slum Dwellers (2002-04). Since 2005 Anna has convened the teaching –research project, Global Studio (Istanbul 2005, Vancouver 2006, Johannesburg 2007-09) and associated international conferences, People Building Better Cities (2005, 2007). She participated in the Rockefeller Foundation Urban Innovation Summit in Italy in 2007 to explore how urban professionals might be educated to meet the challenges of urban poverty. She is currently working on Global Studio Bhopal (2012)

In 1995 Anna initiated and coordinated (1995-2011) the Faculty’s Thursday Night Lecture public lectures program, and with Dr. Adrian Snodgrass was a founding and continuing editor of the journal Architectural Theory Review (1996-2011). She is recipient of the 2006 NSW RAIA Marion Mahony Griffin Award, a 2009 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (high commendation), and the Washington University 2009 Skandalaris award for leadership and entrepreneurship in architecture, design and the visual arts through community-based and sustainable practices. Anna was made a Life Fellow of the AIA in 2010, received the 2010 Alumni Award for International Achievement and in 2011 was awarded the AIA Neville Quarry Education Prize.

Publications and Outputs

Books | Book Chapters | Journal Articles | Conference Presentations and Publications | Alternative Media | Public Exhibitions and Events


2011 | Mina, M. (pseudonym for Taussig, M. and Rubbo, A) Esclavitud y Libertad en el Valle del Rio Cauca, Bogota: Universidad de Los Andes Press.

Book Chapters

2011 | Anna Rubbo, 'Marion Mahony's Return to the USA: War Women and Magic' in [[i|Marion Mahony Reconsidered]], ed. Van Zanten , D. University of Chicago Press

2008 | Anna Rubbo, ‘Global Studio: an action research international design laboratory’ in Garau P. (ed) Barefoot to Prada, University of Rome.

2007 | Anna Rubbo, ‘ towards a new education paradigm?’ The Transformed University: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Practice, Brew, A. and Sachs J. (eds), NSW: University of Sydney Press

Rubbo, A. Bussche J., WASSUP (Water, Amenities and Sanitation Services Upgrade Project)” in Design with the Other 90%: CITIES Smith, C., Lipps, A. Kim, C. (eds) New York: Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution

Journal Articles

2010 | Anna Rubbo, ‘Towards equality, social inclusion and human development in design education: the case of Global Studio 2005-2008’, Architectural Theory Review Vol. 15, no.1.

Conference Presentations and Publications

2011 | International Conference on Humane Habitats, Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai.

2011 | Columbia University, New York, Lectures in Planning series

2011 | HUDCO (Housing and Urban Development Corporation) conference, Delhi

2011 | Parsons School of Design, New York

2011 | Universidad Nacional, Bogota

2010 | Royal Australian History Society/ WEA. Sydney

2010 | International Conference on Humane Habitats, Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai

2009 | A Better World by Design Conference, Brown University/RISDE

2009 | ACSA /NCAA National Conference , Washington University, St Louis

2009 | TKK (Alvar Aalto University) Helsinki

2009 | Architectural Association, London

2009 | Inaugural Marion Mahony Griffin lecture, Canberra

2009 | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2008 | International Conference on Humane Habitats, Rizvi College of Architecture, Mumbai

2008 | Architectural Association, London

2008 | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2008 | Live project conference, RMIT, Melbourne

2008 | Oxford Health Alliance Summit, Sydney

2008 | RAIA National Convention, Sydney

2007 | University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2006 | 5th Dymphna Clark Lecture, Manning Clark House Weekend of Ideas, Canberra

2006 | Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver.

2005 | Architectural Association, London

2005 | AIA Center for Architecture, New York

2005 | Faculty of Architecture, University of Melbourne

2005 | Columbia University, New York

2005 | Mahony Symposium Northwestern University, Chicago

2005 | AASA Conference, Brisbane

Alternative Media

2010 | The Global Studio, (creative work).

2008 | Anna Rubbo, 'Academic Acupuncture' (Film, 16 mins), executive producer.

2007 | Anna Rubbo, 'New Mindsets: Global Studio Johannesburg', (Film, 17 mins), executive producer.

2005 | Anna Rubbo, 'Global Studio Istanbul', (Film, 15 mins), executive producer.

Public Exhibitions and Events