Inside SCI-Arc


Book about Alumnus-led Practice Explores SoCal Spaces for Living, Working

The work of Shubin + Donaldson Architects, the firm of SCI-Arc alum Robin Donaldson (M.Arch2 '87), is explored in the new book Live+Work: Modern Homes and Offices: The Southern California Architecture of Shubin + Donaldson. A book signing event will be held Thursday, April 15, 6-8pm, at the Hennessy + Ingalls Art & Architecture Bookstore located at 214 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica.

Published by Oro Editions, the visually immersive monograph includes 23 projects spanning 1998 to 2009, juxtaposing creative commercial spaces and distinctive residences. Live + Work opens with 195 pages of pure visuals, predominantly full-color photographs of Shubin + Donaldson's work, which draws on the intersecting vernaculars of Southern California's cultures, landscapes and traditions. Drawings, sketches, and diagrams are interspersed as well. Included are essays by Thom Mayne — a SCI-Arc founding faculty member, and Joseph Giovannini. In lieu of project descriptions, Live + Work presents conversations with partners Russell Shubin, AIA, LEED AP, and Robin Donaldson, AIA — many also including revealing dialogues with the clients.

Shubin and Donaldson began their collaboration in 1990 and have offices in Culver City and Santa Barbara. Their work has gained the attention of a range of creative clients in the entertainment, production, and advertising fields in addition to business owners, community leaders, educational officials, developers, and home owners. Shubin began practicing architecture in 1985 with Blurock Partnership in Newport Beach, CA, after completing his architecture degree and studying at L'Ecole d'Art et d'Architecture in France. Donaldson began his career with the Los Angeles design firm Morphosis Architects while still a Masters student at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).