Beth Rubenstein is an architect and has taught at the college and high school level. She has a Master of Architecture from Yale University, a BA in art history from Barnard College, Columbia University (magna cum laude), and is a registered architect in the state of Connecticut. Ms. Rubenstein was a Klingenstein Summer Fellow at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and was a fellow at the Bay Area Teacher’s Development Collaborative. Before co-founding Out of Site in 2000, Ms. Rubenstein was a Visiting Professor in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design and a Visiting Lecturer in Architecture at Yale College. She also taught at San Francisco University High School. Ms. Rubenstein is a curriculum consultant and has worked with Envision Schools, a nonprofit charter school organization, Stanford University School Redesign Network, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum. Ms. Rubenstein’s architectural practice has focused on design/build projects, and she has led community development projects in León, Nicaragua.
Raffaella teaches architecture and dance, has been the program manager, and is now the Program Director at Out of Site. She received a Master of Architecture from California College of the Arts (CCA), and first came to Out of Site as a Community Student Fellow from the Center of Art and Public Life at CCA. She received her B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Art from UC Berkeley. She has taught in the Cornerstone Architectural Program in Oakland working with youth out of Juvenile Hall. In the summer 2007, she received a fellowship from CCA and worked with the favela community of Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro under the Brazilian architect Jorge Mario Jauregui and his Favela/Barrio project. She is the Artistic Director and founder of Sambaxé Dance Company which offers dance classes, performances and costume design. Her samba class was also awarded Best of the Bay 2004. She speaks Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
A native of Salinas, California, Amy is a printmaker and visual artist. She received her BA in Art, with a concentration in Printmaking from Yale University, and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She also received a collegiate teaching certificate from Brown University. Amy has taught at RISD and with Opera Piccola (in Oakland), where she also worked as an after school program coordinator. Before graduated school, Amy spent time volunteering and silkscreening at the Mission Gráfica of the Mission Cultural Center. Amy exhibits her work locally and nation-wide. She was awarded a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artist Program in the Spring of 2010, and will be a resident artist at the Luggage Store Gallery Annex this Fall. Amy is bilingual in English and Spanish.