Erin Cubbison

Blum Hall, University of California, Berkeley.

Erin Cubbison, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, BS03

Erin Cubbison is a licensed architect, LEED accredited professional, and director of sustainable design for the Northwestern US Region of Gensler, which includes four offices in California and Washington.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cubbison earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Washington University in 2003, and a Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She worked as a designer and LEED specialist for Evolve Environment Architecture and as a designer for Chong Partners Architecture before joining Gensler in 2008. She was promoted to senior associate at the firm in December 2012.

As director of sustainable design, Cubbison guides design teams in numerous project types—including architecture, interiors, master planning, and real estate strategy—to maximize sustainability and push innovation, often far beyond the LEED rating system. She guides companies and organizations to define their sustainability goals and establish a strategic plan for implementation. Cubbison is also a contributing author to the publications Sustainable & Resilient Communities, Sustainable Infrastructure: The Guide to Green Engineering and Design, and Leveraging Mobility, Managing Place.

Recognized as a Bay Area leader in sustainability, Cubbison received a 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award from the San Francisco Business Times in 2012. She has spoken at events and conferences both locally and internationally, including delivering a keynote presentation at the Sustainable Urbanism conference hosted by Centro de Cambio Global and Instituto de Estudios Urbanos in Santiago, Chile, in 2010.

In recent research, Cubbison has worked with the General Services Administration to investigate the environmental impact of mobile work patterns and alternative workplace strategies. In recent practice, she has worked with a number of technology companies to maximize their sustainable performance, including exploration of the Living Building Challenge, as well as development and implementation of global sustainable design standards.

Read the 2013 Awards for Distinction news release