Ethel G. Rubio

Ethel G. Rubio — ENV SP
Los Angeles, CA

Ethel Rubio is the principal/ owner of Ethel G. Rubio, Assoc. AIA, a consulting firm specializing in construction/ project management, and strategic outreach and engagement. Her multi-disciplinary career path that spans over 30 years includes work in the built-environment (architecture/engineering/construction) and nonprofit sectors.

Ethel’s passion for making a difference led her to serve on various leadership roles in the professional, civic and nonprofit organizations.

She has worked on transportation, hospitality, educational, and correctional facility projects in the AEC industry. Her business-development acumen was harnessed from working with the American Red Cross as the district manager for the Greater Los Angeles area.

She grew her global network and influence through her work with RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) as the development manager for its West Coast Region of North America.

In 2019, the city of Los Angeles’ mayor, Eric Garcetti, appointed Ms. Ethel Rubio to the Adams-Normandie Historic Preservation Overlay Zone (HPOZ) Board that is tasked to serve as an advisory body to the Department of City Planning related to new constructions.

In the past, Ethel served as president of the Association for Women in Architecture; president of the Associate Members of the American Institute of the Architects Los Angeles Chapter and most recently, served on the Asian American Architects and Engineers Foundation Board, among others.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Ethel began her architecture studies at the University of the Philippines and completed her certificate of architectural drafting. She received her bachelor’s degree in architecture with an emphasis in urban and regional planning from the University of Southern California when her family emigrated to the U.S. in 1986.

She is a mentor and coach to many young professionals, and to seasoned professionals in the industry moving to the next level of their career.

On recently acquiring her ISI Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) designation, Ethel strongly believes that all professionals in the AEC sector should get their certification so that we can all speak on the same system of communication in building a sustainable and resilient future!