ShubinDonaldson participating in the 2020 Venice Biennale

In partnership with the MATT Construction, ShubinDonaldson will be participating in this year’s Venice Architectural Biennale. The event will be taking place at Palazzo Bembo, hosted by the European Cultural Center (

Mark Hershman invited to speak at Woodbury University’s Distinguished Alumni Lecture

The Woodbury School of Architecture has invited Mark Hershman to speaks as a Distinguished Alumni, due to the current circumstances with COVID-19 the lecture’s date is to be determined.

The lecture will include alumni Mark Lahmon ’97, Founding Principal of Lahmon Architects and will be held at Bestor Architecture.


Stay updated with this event by visiting Woodbury University’s event page:

Russell Shubin, AIA talks at Facades+ Los Angeles

Founding Partner Russell Shubin, AIA participated during this year’s Facades+ LA conference. Alongside industry leaders, Russell discussed ShubinDonaldson’s approach and future direction of Adaptive Reuse projects in the Los Angeles area.

About the panel:
Adaptive reuse acknowledges the historic character and authentic materials of existing properties, which, when retrofit, allow for an extended, greener lifespan. These transformative projects are based on the “good bones” of the building. Creating contextual facade designs which are environmentally upgraded are the challenges met by these three panelists discussing the former Ford factory-turned Warner Music HQ, RowDTLA, and smaller residential and mid-size projects.

Robin Donaldson, AIA kicks off SBCAST’s Four-Part Architectural Exhibition Series with ‘Artifacts’

Come as You Are 
A Four-Part Architectural Exhibition Series 

Featuring four modern architecture studios based in Santa Barbara, hosted by SBCAST. September – December, 2019.

Robin Donaldson, AIA of ShubinDonaldson kicks off the series with ARTIFACTS.
Throughout the architectural design process, countless models, mockups, and drawings are produced. We call these artifacts and consider their referential nature no less important than the architecture to which they refer. This exhibit presents selected artifacts from an ongoing project involving a sensibility of color, material, and symmetry.

Robin Donaldson, AIA Speaks at AIA Nebraska Lecture Series

Partner Robin Donaldson, AIA spoke during the AIA Nebraska Lecture Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Robin discussed the process surrounding two recent gallery shows, (‘MASKING’ + ‘A Surfers Time’) and how they relate to his architectural process and projects in Southern California, including the Pepper Hill Residence currently under construction in Montecito.

See more of Robin’s ‘MASKING’ Exhibit on our R+D Website:

See more of Robin’s ‘A Surfers Time’ on our R+D Website:

Tramonto Residence Featured in Residential Design Magazine

Our award-winning Tramonto Residence was published in Residential Design: Read Online.

From the Article:

“From one side, this terraced house looks as if it grew from the steep green slope on which it stands. From the other, it seems to float above it, a pavilion on a scrubby perch. Large yet eminently livable, the Pacific Palisades House is a case study for the way design can be used to connect a new building – even a sprawling 14,500 square feet – to its surroundings. And rather than overshadowing its environment, it harbors green spaces that nurture the family of five.

Granted, the site’s qualities are pretty compelling. The property abuts Topanga State Park on the north, while the east side overlooks Los Liones Canyon and to the south is a view of the Santa Monica shoreline. However, the 2-acre parcel is also in a landslide zone. ShubinDonaldson partners Russell Shubin, AIA, and Robin Donaldson, AIA, took these conditions in stride when they began to site it, along with a 2,500-square-foot accessory building that contains guest quarters and a gym and spa…”

Robin Donaldson, AIA joins MCASB’s ‘In Conversation’ Series, discussing exhibitions.

As part of MCASB’s ‘In Conversation’ Series, Robin Donaldson shared insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes of exhibitions alongside Ninette Paloma, and Aerial Performer.

From MCASB’s Event page:

“Have you ever wondered what it takes to make an exhibition? How to exhibit music? Ninette Paloma, Aerial Performer, and Robin Donaldson, Architect, share insight into the work that goes on behind the scenes of exhibitions in this panel presentation moderated by Abaseh Mirvali, Executive Director, Chief Curator, & CEO at MCASB, that features the performing arts and the spaces they inhabit.”

View the full video of the event on MCASB’s event page here: In Conversation | Exhibition Makers Vol. 4

Director of Research & Development F. Myles Sciotto speaks at the New School of Architecture and Design

In August, Director of Research & Development Dr. F. Myles Sciotto spoke at the Neuroscience for Architecture, Urbanism and Design Summer Intersession at the New School of Architecture and Design – discussing the technologies and tools that empower our profession.

Tramonto Residence Featured in Interior Design Magazine

Our award-winning Tramonto Residence was published in the Interior Design Magazine June Issue: Read Online.

From the Article:

“The Pacific Palisades holds no shortage of contemporary houses. Stunning, some. Large, many. This collaboration between ShubinDonaldson and Magni Kalman Design is decidedly both.

What makes the property a standout, for starters, is its views of a state park on one side and the Pacific Ocean opposite. The site itself, however, was challenging, a hillside that had never been built on. Regardless, architects Russell Shubin and Robin Donaldson were convinced of its viability. They proposed a plan that responds to the topo­graphy, with a 14,500-square-foot main house, plus 2,500 square feet for a separate building containing a gym, sauna, and game room.

…Approaching, past the walls that conceal the infinity pool, deck, and terrace, you get that this house is no monolithic box. The architecture immediately reads modernist yet organic. “Handcrafted rather than machine-made,” Shubin notes. Donaldson adds, “Creating architectural assemblages that articulate a distinction between materials is important to us.” Ergo the way the giant slatted panels outside the window walls can swing back and forth, serving as sunshades. Or the way the entry staircase’s treads float upward over a triangular reflecting pool lined with river rocks. Why opt for hard flooring when a shimmery water feature would be ever so celebratory?…”


Check out the full story of this unique home and join the conversation on Interior Design: Tramonto Residence Featured in Interior Design

Employee Appreciation Day 2019 – LA and OC office

On Friday June 7th our LA and OC offices took to the race-track at K1 Speed for our yearly employee appreciation day.

Here’s to all the great work our team has been able to accomplish this year!