Anne-Marie Lubenau is an architect, educator, and writer dedicated to increasing understanding of design of the built environment and its impact on our lives. She has more than three decades of experience—working in academic, municipal, nonprofit, and private sector settings—developing and leading projects and programs that engage people and communities in design to foster more beautiful, equitable, and resilient cities.
As Director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence at the Bruner Foundation, Anne-Marie oversees a national design award that promotes innovative thinking and exchange about the role of design in cities by investigating and sharing the stories of transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Since taking on the position in 2012, she has created new partnerships, programs, and publications that have reached new audiences and increased the visibility and impact of the award and its resources.
Prior to joining the Bruner Foundation, Anne-Marie was president and CEO of the nonprofit Community Design Center of Pittsburgh. During her decade-long tenure she led its growth into a valued advocate and resource for planning and design in the city and the region and an internationally recognized model for community-engaged design.
In private practice, Anne-Marie designed award-winning affordable housing, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse projects and studies for architecture and planning firms in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Her work has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and exhibited in the National Building Museum.
Anne-Marie has developed and taught educational curricula on architecture and planning for K-12, university, and adult learners. She has been an instructor at Carnegie Mellon, Harvard, and University of Pittsburgh, and a guest presenter and critic at Boston Architectural College, MIT, Northeastern University, NYU, and Yale. In 2021 she curated and co-hosted Inspiring Design: Creating Beautiful, Just, and Resilient Places in America, a 14-week speaker series for Northeastern University’s Open Classroom.
Anne-Marie contributes to local, national, and international forums on design and urban development. She writes regularly for Metropolis Magazine and has presented at conferences and events hosted by the Association of Architecture Organizations, Association for Community Design, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, International Downtown Association, and the Urban Land Institute. Anne-Marie currently serves on the Boston Civic Design Commission, Association of Architecture Organizations board of directors, and Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council.
She holds a BArch from Carnegie Mellon and was a 2012 Harvard Loeb Fellow.