Who We Are

Who We Are

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

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 fifty 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.

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.

Design Approach

ShubinDonaldson provides innovative environments for strategic, design savvy clients.

Projects are organized as a team effort, led and coordinated by an assigned project manager and project architect.