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.


ShubinDonaldson believes that our professional responsibility begins with a dedication to uphold the standard of integrity we have established, that maximum productivity is achieved through team work and clear communication, and that our design excellence is realized through collaborative design and creative dialogue. Although we exist as three diverse communities, with offices in Culver City, Santa Barbara and Orange County, we operate as one firm, collectively rooting the culture in a commitment to:


Creative Exploration

Design Excellence

Rigorous Work Ethic

Professional Development

Clear Communication

ShubinDonaldson’s leadership team is committed to investing in the development of talent. Through a process of goal-setting and performance evaluation, each person can identify their individual ambitions, supporting individual personal growth and firm excellence.

To strengthen and develop this internal culture, ShubinDonaldson is seeking the best talent to collaborate with us in various architectural disciplines including design and project management.

To view our current openings, please visit: AIA Career Center or Archinect profile

Internships at SD

ShubinDonaldson maintains an open invitation for architectural interns. These paid internships can range from a one week visit during session break or a summer long visit between terms. During these visits, interns can expect to be exposed to the wide range of task and dialogue that is necessary to realize a project, including conceptual designs, parametric modeling, physical models, visualizations, construction detailing, and construction sites. We view these internships as an extension of our commitment to staff mentoring, and fostering the growth of our collective knowledge. In addition to participating in project specific activities, interns have the opportunity to attend weekly Team Design Reviews, Lunch ‘n Learns, and Occupy Thursday, a design-themed office-wide social event.


Submission Requirements

Those interested in applying at ShubinDonaldson may submit their request electronically, noting the following requirements:

Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Architecture (with exception of intern applicants) and illustrate strong graphic and organization skills.

Experience in Revit is highly preferrred.3D modeling, AutoCAD, and Rhino are recomended.

In a single PDF attachment, include a one page cover letter, your resume, and no more than twelve pages illustrating your best work.

PDF resolution can be optimized for quality screen view, and should benefit your work. Please do not exceed 10MB.

Format the subject line as ‘[name]- [office & position]- [school]’ and leave the body of the email empty

Career positions are intended to be full time, and all applicants should have a commitment and the ability to work for at least one year.International applicants are responsible for obtaining the required documents and permissions for working within the U.S.. We will be unable to respond personally to each applicant. If you have not been contacted after four months, you are welcome to reapply.

Submissions and inquires may be made to

Senior Design Manager

Leads the preparation of architectural presentations and production drawings, generates design studies and assesses design proposals under the direction of the Partners / Principals. Requires minimum ten years experience.

10+ years experience

  • Develop conceptual designs and presentations.
  • Provide oversight of junior and architectural designers.
  • Manage project design, project budgets, staffing requirements and schedules to meet project goals.
  • Perform programming of design requirements, space planning, and verification of code compliance.
  • Resolve design issues with creative and practical solutions.
  • Sourcing, selecting and specifying of finishes and fixtures as design requires.
  • Oversee the coordination of consultants, fabricators, vendors and regulatory agencies to meet overall project objectives. Report progress to Principal / Partners.
  • Perform quality assurance / quality control of architectural drafting and rendering in accordance with company standards.
  • Contribute to office activities, initiatives and programs.
  • 10+ years of experience on architecture projects
  • Must be a motivated self-starter with the ability to problem solve both individually and as part of a project team.
  • Must be able to manage design team to achieve design intentions while keeping project on time and on budget.
  • Proficiency in the use of 2D/3D software, including Revit, AutoCAD, 3D Studio Max, Sketchup, Photoshop, Rhino, and InDesign.
  • High level knowledge of materials and construction techniques.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work on multiple or fast paced projects.
  • Strong graphic and visualization skills to communicate design ideas.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.
  • Bachelors Degree in Architecture.

Additional Salary Information: Benefits: Medical, dental, and long-term disability insurance is offered to full-time employees. SD pays 100% of the above employee’s insurance! We also offer the opportunity to contribute to our 401k matching plan.

SD is led by partners Russell Shubin, Robin Donaldson and Mark Hershman.

With offices in Culver City, Santa Barbara, and Orange County, California, projects are organized as a team effort, led and coordinated by an assigned project manager and project architect.


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.