Rubiostudio is a design consultancy offering a range of services such as design strategy, conceptual production, client representation, and design management.
Rubiostudio's current work includes the Joffrey Ballet's facilities and studio refresh, The Chicago South Side Homeless LGBTQ Initiative, Workplace Tech Environment Initiatives for Interface, and Denver, Colorado. Rubiostudio is WBE and MBE certified.
Elva Rubio is a designer with more than 30 years of experience in a variety of practice fields, including urban design, interior design, design education, and communications, design strategy, and the built environment. Numerous publications have recognized Rubio as a leader in her fields and have earned her industry awards and participation in prestigious exhibitions.
Rubio worked as the Regional Design Counselor and Firm-Wide Practice Leader for Gensler in Urban Design, Commercial Buildings, and Design Strategy. Her work at Gensler won commissions for the Center on Halsted, the Chicago transit Authority, Columbia College, the Wrigleyville Master Plan, and Navy Pier's Centennial Vision. Her work has been exhibited in major museums and cultural institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Rubio also worked as Vice President and Design Director for the practices of HOK and Epstein.
For more than 20 years, Rubio has served on the faculties the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she was Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism. She is currently on the board of the the Center on Halsted and Co-President on the Board of Chicago Architectural Club. Rubio received her Masters of Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University Sam Fox School of Design and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award.