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Brian Rubin

Designer and Project Manager

Educated as both an Architect and Construction Project Manager, Brian received his Architecture License in the State of New York before moving closer to family in California and joining the Workbench team.

A lover of both the natural and built environments, he finds the dense fabric of a city and the quiet of remote locations equally interesting and inspiring, working to bring the sensibility of both together with his refined design work.

A garage sale specialist, upcycling enthusiast, and family man, Brian keeps busy working on projects with his young kids, and can be seen toting them around town on his bike.


On choosing a career in Architecture

I was on track to become a physical therapist or athletic trainer but after stumbling through my kinesiology degree, I looked deep into my strengths of art and math; that’s where I found Architecture.  It wasn’t long after a few introductory classes and an incredible summer internship working on the Rebuilding of Ground-Zero that I was convinced Architecture was my path forward.  

Architecture offers the creative freedom to explore materials, forms, building science and both the natural and built environments, all while providing arguably one of the most important things in peoples’ lives… shelter. 

Why I love Santa Cruz

I love Santa Cruz because it feels like I’m living a vacation; the weather is amazing and the recreational activities are endless.  It also has a small town vibe, a sense of community, and is a place where I know and enjoy my neighbors.

Outside of Workbench

Enjoys everything outdoors: snowboarding, biking, rafting, climbing and the most recent hobby, surfing. You may find me in a the middle of a breakdance circle from time to time.


Education and Certifications

Bachelors of Environmental Design, University of Colorado at Boulder.

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Construction Management, New York University

Certified Passive House Designer, Passive House Academy

Former board member, Passive House California