: Dr.
Name: Anna Rubbo
Position: Associate Professor, BArch (Melbourne), DArch (Michigan), RAIA
Location: Wilkinson Building (G04), 148 City Road, The UNiversity of Sydney, NSW 2006
Phone: +61 2 9351 3605


Curriculum Vitae
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
    University, 2000
  • '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.

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