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.
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
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.