Founding Partner Robin Donaldson, AIA was featured in Santa Barbara Magazine’s Summer 2021 issue: Read Online.
Written by L.D. Porter and featuring photography by Michael Haber, the article titled “Business + Pleasure” profiles the creation of Anacapa Studios, a live/work compound in downtown Santa Barbara, as well as profiling Robin’s professional and personal background.
A snippet from the article:
“I wanted a seamless integration between my work and my life,” Donaldson says. “I wanted my family close to my office, and I felt I could blend the two better. So I have more family time.” His living quarters boast an expansive balcony with seamless views over downtown, and there’s even a solar-powered hot tub on the roof. “We’re not entirely off the grid, but close,” he notes.
Architects who design their own homes are often tempted to try things their clients might not (yet) accept designwise, and Donaldson is no exception. “I wanted to try some things,” he admits, “like leaving plywood floors. Some things are more finished, and some things are more raw and exposed in a way that I couldn’t do for a client.”
Shubin + Donaldson Architects is actively recruiting the best talent in various architectural disciplines including design, project management, and client relations.