People

People

ShubinDonaldson is a team of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences united around one thing­–creating great design.

Partners

Together, we aspire to lead the next generation in making relevant and meaningful places.

Having grown over the past 29 years to being a firm with a dedicated professional 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, LEED AP

Partner

Russell Shubin, AIA, is a native Southern Californian, being born and raised in Los Angeles. He received his architecture degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, studied at the L’Ecole d’Art et d’Architecture in Fontainebleau, and was an Associate at the Blurock Partnership before founding ShubinDonaldson Architects in 1990. Russell is active in the AIA, local development organizations, and regularly speaks on architecture and design panels throughout Los Angeles.

Russell has a passion for distilled ideas, elemental diagrams, and developing strong and relevant narratives that question assumptions about what it means to be current in today’s context. His reputation for thoughtful and detailed work stems from a deep investment and intentionality in crafting unique elements and the delineation and articulation of materials. Russell’s involvement in the development community has established robust relationships leading to a thriving luxury residential practice serving an international clientele, alongside mixed-use, multi-family, and commercial office projects contributing to the Southern California landscape.

Robin Donaldson, AIA

Partner

A fourth-generation Southern Californian, Robin Donaldson, AIA, was born and raised within the SoCal surf and skate culture. Before founding ShubinDonaldson, he received a Bachelor’s in Studio Art at UCSB, focusing on painting and printmaking. He then attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture, receiving his Master of Architecture and winning the Henry Adams Medal. During his SCI_Arc studies, Robin began working with Morphosis Architects and served as the Project Architect on the Crawford Residence. In 1990, Donaldson founded ShubinDonaldson Architects. Today he lectures at AIA events, academic institutions, devotes time to AIA advisory boards, and serves on community planning advisory boards across Southern California.

Donaldson’s creative force is at the heart of advancing SD’s design ethos. He leads the firms’ investigations between buildings and topography/landscape integration, representation and drawing sensibilities, and unique fabrication methodologies. His interest in exploring new possibilities for conventional building typologies also includes leading ShubinDonaldson’s research and development efforts.

Mark Hershman

Partner

A native Southern Californian, Mark Hershman graduated from Woodbury University in 1997. After studying abroad at Sorbonne University in Paris, France, he began his professional career studying with Anthony J. Lumsden, FAIA. Joining ShubinDonaldson in 2000, Mark was integral to the many ShubinDonaldson’s early signature projects that helped define the future of “creative” commercial interiors, which has now become the norm. In 2017, he was elevated to Partner, becoming the first to join the Founding Partners to drive the firm’s vision forward.

During his 20-year tenure with ShubinDonaldson, Mark has led the firm into new territory, branching into ground-up mixed-use, multi-family projects and advancing the conversation regarding adaptive reuse into more significant campus developments, which are redefining the urban landscape of LA. Mark is continually scouting for new opportunities, questioning new methods of living and working, and technology’s role in the discipline. His relentless attention to craft, detail, and the design process has made him a lynchpin at the core of SD’s reputation for innovative, award-winning design.

Leadership

Sieglinde Pukke, AIA, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager, Principal

Greg Griffin

Studio Director, Principal

Jennifer Flinck

Director of Finance & Administration, Senior Associate

Bradford Kelley

Senior Design Manager, Senior Associate

Christine Reins

Studio Director, Senior Associate

Ruth Hasell, AIA

OC Studio Director, Senior Associate

Ilya Kozin, LEED AP

Senior Project Architect, Senior Associate

Jay Fukuzawa

Senior Designer, Senior Associate

Christiane Dussa, LEED AP

Senior Project Manager, Senior Associate

F. Myles Sciotto, Ph.D.

Director of Research & Development, Senior Associate

Wendy Acosta

Accounting Assistant

Amanda Ambrose

Office Assistant

Edward Anastas

Senior Project Coordinator

Liona Avery

Project Coordinator

Emily Balas

Project Architect, Associate

Matthew Beausoleil, AIA

Project Architect

Geo Chevez

Senior Designer, Senior Associate

Gabriela Colmenares

Architectural Designer II, Associate

Adrienne Danet

Senior Project Architect, Associate

Marcos Moll De Leon

Architectural Designer II

Reed Donaldson

Intern

Norma Garcia

Accounting Manager

Walter Grey

Project Manager, Associate

Jessica Hall

Architectural Designer I

Charlotte Hofstetter

Project Architect

Matthew Lahr

Project Architect, Associate

Erin Lani

Project Architect, Associate

Sandy Liao

Designer

Rafael Lopez

Project Coordinator, Senior Associate

Stuart Lord, AIA

Project Architect, Associate

Oleg Mikhailik

Architectural Designer II

Liana Nourafshan

Job Captain, Associate

Juan Carlos Ornelas

Senior Project Manager, Associate

Simon Palmer

BIM Manager / Senior Project Coordinator

Dan Parks

Senior Project Architect

Christopher Petzak

Project Manager, Associate

Diana Ramirez

Human Resources Manager

Nicklaus Schwaller

Architectural Designer II, Associate

Chloe Shelton

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

JeongEun Sho

Architectural Designer II, Associate

Brittany Stangel

Executive Assistant

Zack Teixeira

Project Manager, Associate

Alex Towpasz

Project Coordinator, Senior Associate

Looking for new career opportunities?

ShubinDonaldson is actively recruiting the best talent in various architectural disciplines including design, and project management. To view our current openings, please visit: AIA Career Center or Archinect profile

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Designer

JOB DESCRIPTION: ShubinDonaldson in Culver City is seeking a motivated Designer/Architect with 3-5 years of experience in publication-quality commercial and residential projects as an addition to our team.

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Project Architect

JOB DESCRIPTION: Busy, creative design firm seeking B.Arch or M.Arch graduate with 10+ years of experience for Santa Ana office, preferably in contemporary commercial interiors, shell and core, mixed use, and multifamily.

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