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2011 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards


25 March 2011

Associate Professor Anna Rubbo's contribution to architectural education has been extensive and sustained, said the award citation.
Associate Professor Anna Rubbo's contribution to architectural education has been extensive and sustained, said the award citation.

Last night in Perth, Associate Professor Anna Rubbo from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning was presented with the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize for 2011 in recognition of her exceptional and sustained commitment to architectural education, and its significance in the context of global social outcomes.

The award was bestowed by the Australian Institute of Architects, which also recently made Associate Professor Rubbo a Life Fellow.

Professor Rubbo has been widely praised for her project Global Studio and its work with disadvantaged communities. Since its inception it has involved over 500 students, academics and professionals from more than 30 countries and 66 universities in its programs in Istanbul, Vancouver and Johannesburg.

Global Studio grew out of Rubbo's work with the United Nations Millennium Project Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers, with the University of Sydney, Columbia University and the University of Rome as founding partners.

In addition Associate Professor Rubbo was a founding co-editor of Architectural Theory Review 1996-2011, and initiated and convened the Faculty's popular Thursday Night Lecture series, which has drawn a university, professional and community audience since 1995.

The judges' citation for the Neville Quarry Award said: "Associate Professor Anna Rubbo's contribution to architectural education has been extensive and sustained, and her contribution and commitment has broadened and enlightened students of architecture, while also raising awareness more broadly about the relevance and value of architecture in the context of social, political and cultural life within and beyond Australia."

The Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize was originally established as the Architectural Education Prize in 2001 to recognise the significance of architectural education in the promotion and improvement of the built environment. The Prize acknowledges an outstanding contribution in architectural education in one or more areas of teaching, scholarship, research, leadership and community engagement.

The Architectural Education Prize was re-named in 2005 in honour of the late Professor Neville Quarry's outstanding contribution to architectural education in Australia. An Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medalist in 1994, Neville was renowned for his ability as an academic and the way in which he inspired and encouraged young minds to question, challenge and explore the world of space and form.


(Left) Students insulated shacks in Diepsloot township, Johannesburg, and passed on the skills. (Right) Diepsloot street.
(Left) Students insulated shacks in Diepsloot township, Johannesburg, and passed on the skills. (Right) Diepsloot street.


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