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, New York and at the University of Michigan and
worked on Architectural Education and Globalisation at the Center for the
Education of Women.
She has served as head of the Department of Architecture Planning and Allied
Arts, as BSc (Architecture) and BArch 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). She
convened Global Studio Istanbul 2005, Global Studio Vancouver 2006, and
Global Studio Johannesburg (2007, 2008). She initiated and continues to
convene the Thursday Night Lecture program and is a founding editor, with Dr
Adrian Snodgrass, of the journal Architectural Theory Review. She is
recipient of the 2005 RAIA Neville Quarry Education Prize commendation, and
the 2006 RAIA Marion Mahony Griffin Award.
Selected publications, films, reports
- ' Marion Mahony Griffin’s Return to the USA: War Women and Magic' in Van
Zanten, D (ed), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, forthcoming
- ‘Global Studio: an action research international design laboratory’ in
Garau P. (ed) Barefoot to Prada University of Rome. 2008
- ' www.theglobalstudio.com: towards a new design education paradigm?'
in Brew, A. and Sachs, J.(eds) Transforming a University: The Scholarship of
Teaching and Learning in Practice, Sydney: University of Sydney Press, 2007
- 'Educating for Globalisation: A Neglected Responsibility?” in
Architecture, Culture and the Challenges of Globalisation, ACSA, 2004
- Rubbo, A. Gurran, N., Taussig, M. & Hall, M.. Participatory Urban Planning
and Design. UN Millennium Project, Task Force on Improving the Live of Slum
Dwellers, background paper (2003)
- 'A Civic Place' ,AASA Refereed Design Scheme in Busfield, B. and Beale P.
(Eds), Perth: University of Western Australia, 2003
- 'Share the Spirit: Homelessness in Australia' in International
Perspectives on Homelessness, 'Polakow, V. and Guillean C., (Eds.) Ct. USA:
Greenwood Press, 2001
- 'Marion Mahony Griffin' in Women Building Chicago: 1790-1990: A
Biographical Dictionary, Schultz, R., and Hast, A. (Eds.) Bloomington:
Indiana University Press, 2001
- 'Values and Architectural Education' in Architectural Theory Review, vol
6, no.2., 2001
- 'The Griffins and the making of community: building ideals into lived
space' in Conference Proceedings, Habitus , A Sense of Place, Perth: Curtin
- 'Marion Mahony Griffin's role in the Australian and Indian Practices' in
The Griffins in Australia and India, Turnbull, J., and
Navaretti, P., (Eds.), Melbourne: The Miegunyah Press, 1998
- 'Marion Mahony Griffin: A larger than life presence in early 20th century
architecture' in Beyond Architecture: Marion Mahony and Walter Burley
Griffin in America, Australia, India, Watson, A.(Ed.), NSW: Powerhouse, also
published by Chicago: University of Illinois Press,1998
- 'The numinous world of Marion Mahony Griffin: architect, artist, writer'
in Spirit and place: art in Australia 1861-1996. Mellick, R. and Waterlow, N
(Eds.) Sydney: Museum of Contemporary Art,1996
- 'Marion and Walter Burley Griffin: a creative partnership' in
Architectural Theory Review, vol 1, no 1, 1996.
- 'Educating for Action in Diepsloot '2008 (forthcoming)
- 'New Mindsets: Global Studio Johannesburg', 2007
- 'Global Studio Istanbul', 2005
Rubbo, A and van den Bussche J. (Eds) (2007) ‘Global Studio Johannesburg’,
unpublished report, 356 pp
Rubbo. A. and Fujita , M. (Eds) (2006), ‘Global Studio Vancouver’,
unpublished report, 254 pp
Current research areas and interests include design education, participatory
processes, architectural history and biography. Also housing, gender in
relation to education and the profession, globalisation and architecture.
Teaching has been primarily in design, and cross-cultural and community
development issues, including social and environmental responsibility as it
relates to design.
Past and present
Undergraduate: Design C, E, F, Design Support F, Habitat and Society B, Open
Architectural Design Studio; Architecture and Planning in the Third World;
Architecture and Consultation; Gender and the Built Environment: Housing
Studies; Architecture, Place and Society; Social Studies in Architecture.
Currently teaches and coordinates the second year design program.
Graduate: Local Heritage in Community Development; Globalisation and
Architecture; Architecture, Urbanization and Globalisation.