AIA Santa Barbara Design Awards Reception

Last night during Santa Barbara’s First Thursday, AIA Santa Barbara hosted the 2018 Design Awards Exhibition reception at Faulkner Gallery. Our very own Robin Donaldson, AIA spoke about a few of our award winning projects, along with several other influential Architects, and their projects.


Skyline Residence featured on designboom

Our award-winning Skyline Residence has been recently featured on Designboom

Check out the full story of this unique home and join the conversation on Designboom.

A snippet from the article on Designboom:

The Skyline Residence occupies a narrow, hillside site in Santa Barbara, California. Designed for an industrial designer with a young family, the house is built from the top down: the main living areas are located on the third floor to offer panoramic pacific ocean views looking south and west; bedrooms are placed on the second floor; and service areas like the garage and laundry room sit on the ground floor.

ShubinDonaldson Takes home AIA SB’s Merit Award and two Honorable Mentions.

During the AIA Santa Barbara’s Annual Design Awards on December 7th, ShubinDonaldson’s Castaway Commons was awarded the Historic Preservation Merit Award. Two more designs by ShubinDonaldson garnered attention, with both the Skyline Residence and Mayumi receiving Honorable Mentions.

You can view the announcement for the project along with other winners of the AIA SB Design Awards here:

AIA Santa Barbara’s Design Awards Announcement

More about Castaway Commons:

A complete facade renovation was undertaken through a “reskin” of the existing office shell, replacing it with three different storefronts and a curtain wall glazing system with varying colors. Solar louvers on the south facade help to reduce solar gain further. A fritted glass panel facing Westcliff Drive signifies the main entrance with a cedar storefront and large display windows enhancing public access and visibility.

See the full project here:

Robin Donaldson joined by Mike Nesbit – New Gallery Exhibit in Santa Barbara

ShubinDonaldson Partner, Robin Donaldson, AIA will be premiering a new exhibit with fine artist Mike Nesbit this December.

MASKING is an exhibit of over 40 large scale drawings, representing a year-long conversation between Robin Donaldson, AIA and Mike Nesbit about the role of drawing within contemporary Art and Architecture. Though architectural drawings are conventionally used for making buildings, the drawings in this exhibit reinterpret three projects within the catalog of ShubinDonaldson’s built work and become the basis for realizing a new set of drawings, referential but not necessarily representative of the building from which they came.

In the “hands-on” analog process of working with techniques and print-makers including El Nopal Press (lithography) and Wranch Studio (screenprinting). Making drawings becomes an exercise in critical judgment at the moment of production, requiring a disciplined and playful sensibility for curation and composition. While making the drawings in this exhibit, technical accidents and mistakes are accepted and invited as opportunities to reveal a new set of formal contingencies embedded in the built work. Working with drawing as a creative technique to distill new relationships from the architectural process for the purpose of art, this exhibit presents architectural drawing combined with the artistic idiosyncrasies of two individuals and the Master Printers with whom they worked.

MASKING will be on exhibit at the Perdido Arts Project in Santa Barbara until Thursday, December 20th.

AIA LA gives Honor Award to Mayumi during the 2018 Design Awards.

With its approach of micro-unit living within the urban context of Los Angeles, Mayumi’s orientation sets it apart from other Adaptive-reuse renovations in the area. During the 2018 AIA Los Angeles Design Awards on October 30th at the Egyptian Theater, ShubinDonaldson’s Mayumi project was awarded Honors by the AIA Los Angeles.

You can view the announcement for the project along with other winners of the AIA LA Design Awards here:

More about the project:

Mayumi was designed as a courtyard building that clearly defines an outside public face experienced from the street and the automobile, contrasted with a transformative and calm experience in a lush private courtyard on the inside.

See the full project here:

Skyline Residence Featured as Editors Pick on Dwell

Our award-winning Skyline Residence was recently chosen as an Editors Pick on Dwell’s homes section.

About the project:

Skyline Residence is a contemporary three-story, three-bedroom hilltop home located on a complex site on the Santa Barbara Mesa. The site constraints required a unique formal solution deploying a concrete and steel structural frame to maximize the responsiveness of the structure and organizing the living spaces from the top down, connecting them by a continuous circulatory core to make the home feel open and spacious…

Check out the full story of this unique home and join the conversation on Dwell: Editor’s Pick – Skyline Residence

5300 McConnell featured on Archinect

Our recently completed 5300 McConnell project was featured on Archinect’s front page! You can view the entire project on Archniect:

Background on the project:
5300 McConnell is a repositioning of a 1984 concrete tilt-up building in the Playa Vista Tech District of Los Angeles with the Centinela Creek Channel as its backdrop. Initially built in 1984, the 73,000 square-foot building offered a generic appearance – an anonymous solution to an unknown office tenant. 30+ years later the building has a new life, bringing specific solutions to siting and targeting creative office tenants to reinvigorate the space.

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ShubinDonaldson’s BCG Office Design Featured on Office Snapshots

The Boston Consulting Group Los Angeles Headquarters was designed to meet the client’s unique needs, creating an unconventional working environment for their nomadic staff. The project was recently published by the office interiors publication, Office Snapshots.

The BCG office resides on the 51st and 52nd floors of the City National Plaza Building in Downtown Los Angeles.

The full article from Office Snapshots can be seen here:

ArchitecTours 2018 at Anacapa Studios in Santa Barbara

Over the weekend, this year’s Santa Barbara ArchitecTours put on by the AIA Santa Barbara took place at twelve masterful examples of architecture throughout Downtown Santa Barbara – Our Santa Barbara Campus, Anacapa Studios  included!
We opened the doors with a guided tour while allowing attendees to explore and discover all the elements and hard word that went into the creation of the buildings and the spaces between them.

The amount of energy and interest in architecture from the attendees was truly invigorating. See below for photos of the event along with a brief description of our Anacapa Studios Campus.

ArchitecTours Attendees examining the front building’s gallery space.

Our Anacapa Studios campus is broken into three buildings – the first building (shown above) is inhabited by our workshop and gallery exhibiting models, explorations, and artifacts of ShubinDonaldson projects.


ArchitecTours Attendees exploring the second building’s studio space.

The second building (shown above) is inhabited by our main workspace of our Santa Barbara Office with a lofted meeting room above.

ArchitecTours Attendees on the exterior of the third building, a residential home and office to SD Partner Robin Donaldson.

The third building (above and below) is inhabited by an office for Partner Robin Donaldson on the first floor, and his family in the residence above.

ArchitecTours Attendees exploring the interior of Ancapa Studio’s third building.

To explore the Anacapa Studios Campus on your own time, feel free to visit the project page here:

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2018 AIA ArchitecTours Head Downtown – ShubinDonaldson’s Anacapa Studios Included

We’re taking part in this year’s Santa Barbara ArchitecTours put on by AIA Santa Barbara. Our Santa Barbara Campus – Anacapa Studios – will be included!
Full event details can be found on the AIA Santa Barbara website, here:

Anacapa Studios – ShubinDonaldson Photography by Jim Bartsch

The Santa Barabara Independent recently wrote an article on the event:
“On Saturday, October 6, the American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara chapter will hold its 10th anniversary ArchitecTours on the theme “Rediscover Downtown Santa Barbara: Imagine How You Can Live, Work, and Play.” Beginning at 10 a.m., registered participants will gain access to 12 different locations in and around lower State Street that together constitute a carefully thought-out and culturally coherent vision of where downtown is going and what it could become.”

El Zapato – Jeff Shelton Photography by Alex Nye

Read the full article here: