Syracuse University

Generation Orange Award

Introduced in fall 2013, the Generation Orange Award recognizes Generation Orange alumni who have made an impact on campus and in their communities through their volunteer work and philanthropy on behalf of Syracuse University. The award is conferred at the signature Generation Orange event during Orange Central.

Requirements for nominees:

  • Alumni must be 35 years old or younger and have graduated within the last 10 years.
  • Individuals must not be staff members of Syracuse University.
  • Honorees must be available to accept the award on campus.

Our 2014 Recipient: Todd Rubin ’04

Todd Rubin '04After graduating from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, Todd Rubin started his career as a junior designer in the New York City office of Gensler, the global architecture and design firm, where he focused primarily on retail design.

Today, Rubin is a vice president responsible for new business development, sales systems and new product development for The Republic of Tea, a family-owned and operated company based in Novato, California. He has utilized his background in architecture throughout The Republic of Tea brand by overseeing the design of the company’s shipping center in Nashville, Illinois, as well as its headquarters, located in Novato’s Hamilton Landing.

Rubin currently serves on the School of Architecture’s Advisory Board and, through a generous gift from the Rubin Family Foundation, has established the Rubin Global Design Studio at the school. The program brings a visiting architect to Syracuse to teach a design studio in collaboration with a faculty member, and takes first-year graduate students to an international city for a week to study and analyze modern and contemporary urban and architectural design.

The trip is a unique opportunity for architecture students to experience the cultural and political conditions that produce a city with quality of public space, public housing, and sustainability policies. The Rubin Global Design Studio took architectural students, along with Rubin, to Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2012; Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2013; and Taipei, Taiwan in 2014.

Rubin’s favorite cup of tea is Lucky Irish Breakfast and he enjoys traveling and reading.

Past Recipient

Helene Kahn ’10