Anna Rubbo, B.Arch (U-Melbourne), D. Arch (U- Michigan) joined CSUD in 2012. Prior to this she was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney. A member of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers (2002-04), Anna went on to lead the Global Studio, an action research project to assist urban professionals to work effectively with the urban poor. The program attracted over 600 students, academics and professionals from 66 universities and over 30 countries to its conferences and programs in Istanbul (2005), Vancouver (2006), Johannesburg (2007-09), and Bhopal (2012). Global Studio was exhibited at the UN General Assembly (2005), Customs House, Sydney (2008), and the International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (2009). Sanitation improvements initiated by Global Studio and developed by Diepsloot township’s WASSUP were included in the exhibition ‘Design with the other 90%’ (Smithsonian, New York, 2011). Global Studio became a World Urban Campaign partner in 2013. Since 2006, Rubbo has mounted eight events at UN World Urban Forums (WUF).
In 2012, Rubbo headed up People Building Better Cities, a traveling exhibition shown in 18 cities and 10 countries from 2013-15, including at WUF Medellin and the Union of International Architects (UIA) congress in Durban. Currently, she is working on a three stage project, Accelerating the SDGs. Stage 2, the Local Project Challenge (LPC) launched in November 2019 at the Urban Thinkers Campus ‘Accelerating the SDGs in Cities’. Over 7000 votes were received for the LPC People’s Choice award, announced at WUF10 in Abu Dhabi.
Publications cover design education, women in development, housing and architect Marion Mahony Griffin. In 2016 she developed the exhibition “Marion Mahony Griffin: In Her Own Right” for Elmhurst Historical Museum in Chicago. She is co-author, with Michael Taussig, of Esclavitud y Libertad en el Valle del Rio Cauca (UniAndes 2011). In 1996, with Adrian Snodgrass , she co-founded the journal Architectural Theory Review, remaining as editor through 2010.
A Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects since 2010, recognition also includes the 2014 UIA Vassilis Sgoutas Prize mention for humanitarian work in education, the Australian national Neville Quarry Education Award (2011), the 2009 Skandalaris Award for Entrepreneurship in Design(University of Washington) and the Marion Mahony Griffin Prize(2006).