ShubinDonaldson cultivates a disciplined creative work environment that rewards rigor, creativity, and integrity.

Who We Are

ShubinDonaldson is defined by our shared values of:

Mining the tension between commerce and art through creative investigation

A strategic response to constraints

The judicious allocation of all resources

A commitment to balancing our rigorous work ethic and well-being


Our professional staff is committed to innovative contemporary design solutions. We do our best work collaborating with clients who have high standards and who are well-informed about the value of design.

Having grown over the past 30 years to being a firm with a dedicated full-time staff of over forty talented people, and with offices in three Southern California locations, we understand that our success hinges on the highest level of professional responsibility to our clients. Russell Shubin, AIA and Mark Hershman are based in Los Angeles; Robin Donaldson, AIA, heads the firm’s office in Santa Barbara. We work together closely and share a common language for the spaces we create: direct, unpretentious, and layered.

The company is structured in design studios of deep typological expertise within a culture where collaboration and creative experimentation is encouraged. This creative tension and dynamic context leads to breakthrough solutions in form, craft, and material expression while maintaining the discipline of adhering to budget and schedule.

A Conversation with the Partners

ShubinDonaldson (SD) was founded in 1991 by Robin Donaldson, AIA and Russell Shubin, AIA with a shared vision to build inspired places for living and working. Mark Hershman joined SD in 2000 and was elevated to partner in 2017.


Through a collaborative focused effort, we deliver thoughtfully conceived residential homes, commercial buildings, and interiors that are imbued with an attention to value, authentic material expression, and exquisitely executed details - All on time and budget.


Our work is conceived with attention to value, authentic material expression, and exquisitely executed details and we are proud to have our work recognized in local and international publications.


Design Awards

A rigorous investigative design approach is employed in pursuit of making elegantly crafted, memorable places.