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, founded ShubinDonaldson Architects in partnership with Robin Donaldson in 1991. He is passionate about transformative design and ambitiously questions assumptions about what it means to be relevant in each context in which the firm works. Today, ShubinDonaldson Architects has offices in Culver City, Santa Barbara, and Newport and includes a thriving luxury residential practice serving international clientele, as well as mixed-use, multifamily, commercial office & retail, hospitality, and institutional project. The firm’s work has been widely published including a book in 2010 by ORO editions, entitled Live + Work, featuring 23 projects spanning the years 1998 to 2009. Since the company was founded, SD has been recognized with dozens of AIA design awards.

Robin Donaldson, AIA

Partner

Robin Donaldson, AIA, brings 30 years of experience in architecture, design, construction, project development and management to every project he is engaged in. He has been recognized with dozens of design awards for SD’s work on projects such as Ground Zero, Iwin, Fuel, Montecito Residence and many others. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Donaldson was educated at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Art History, with an emphasis in architectural history. He then received his Master of Architecture degree, graduating first in his class at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC). While a student at SCI-arc, Donaldson began working with Morphosis Architects, assuming project architect responsibilities on commercial, institutional, and residential projects, including the celebrated Crawford Residence. Following his years working with Morphosis, Donaldson founded ShubinDonaldson in 1991.

He was involved in teaching architectural design and guest lecturing at schools such as Arizona State University, Otis Parsons School of Design, SCI-arc, UCLA, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Environmental Design Program. He was the 1998 president of the Santa Barbara Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Donaldson is the former Chair of the Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review.

Mark Hershman

Partner

A native Southern Californian, Mark Hershman graduated from Woodbury University in 1997. After his study 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 in driving the vision of the firm 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 that are redefining the Los Angeles landscape.

Mark is continually scouting for new opportunities and pushing questions relating to the role of technology and new methods of living and working. 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

Jenny Cabal, CSI, ICC

Studio Director, Associate

Wendy Acosta

Accounting & Office Assistant

Nelson Almendarez

Project Coordinator

Liona Avery

Project Coordinator

Emily Balas

Project Architect, Associate

Matthew Beausoleil, AIA

Project Architect

Geo Chevez

Architectural Designer II, Associate

Gabriela Colmenares

Architectural Designer I, Associate

Adrienne Danet

Project Architect

Marcos Moll De Leon

Architectural Designer II

Reed Donaldson

Intern

Anne Graham

Senior Project Coordinator, Associate

Walter Grey

Project Manager, Associate

Jessica Hall

Designer

Matthew Lahr

Project Coordinator

Erin Lani

Project Architect, Associate

Rafael Lopez

Project Coordinator, Associate

Stuart Lord, AIA

Project Architect, Associate

Marlyn Mejia

Accounting Manager

Liana Nourafshan

Job Captain

Juan Carlos Ornelas

Senior Project Manager

Simon Palmer

BIM Manager / Senior Project Coordinator

Christopher Petzak

Project Manager, Associate

Diana Ramirez

Human Resources Manager

Colin Rickard

Marketing & Graphics Coordinator

Ella Rocker

Intern

Nicklaus Schwaller

Architectural Designer I, Associate

Chloe Shelton

Executive Assistant & Office Manager

JeongEun Sho

Architectural Designer II

Brittany Stangel

Executive Assistant

Zack Teixeira

Senior Project Coordinator, Associate

Alex Towpasz

Project Coordinator, Associate

Looking for new career opportunities?

ShubinDonaldson is actively recruiting the best talent in various architectural disciplines including design, project management, and client relations.

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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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