Check out our new website!

October 25, 2010 at 10:29 am | Posted in Press | Leave a comment

November marks the 15th anniversary of the Hubbell & Hubbell architecture studio, and we’re already celebrating the firm’s history with a redesigned website!

Our blog has been integrated into the new site, so we will no longer be posting news updates here. Please subscribe to the RSS feed for the new site to continue receiving Hubbell news and updates.

We kept the look and feel of the original, while adding new features:

  • Frequently updated content: current news and events are highlighted on the homepage, and described in our blog (which you can subscribe to).
  • Portfolio section gives an overview of projects, and includes sortable lists of green features and artistic details.
  • Recognition section provides pdf’s of articles and videos about the firm.
  • Testimonials and client quotes have been incorporated into the site, so please e-mail us if you’d like to add your two-cents.
  • The Ilan-Lael Foundation launched its own website,, with fundraising, volunteer, and home tour information.
  • James Hubbell’s Art Studio is currently working on their website,, which will show James’ fine art portfolio and offer online art sales.

KPBS Interview: James Hubbell Builds Park in South Korea

June 18, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Posted in Press | Leave a comment
Ilan Lael chapel

The new chapel at Ilan-Lael, artist James Hubbell's residence and artist compound. (Source:

These Days San Diego‘s Maureen Cavanaugh talked with James about his projects, the annual open house, and the new chapel on his property in Santa Ysabel. Professor Stephan Haggard of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD also joined the conversation.

Topics include sustainable building, the role of beauty in art, creating peaceful relationships between countries and cultures, and other thoughts on building and life, such as:

CAVANAUGH: How do you create music out of a building?

HUBBELL: I don’t know. I think you have to put it as a value that, you know, it’s just like the conference that we’re doing on beauty. It’s not really to define what beauty is but to see if it is becoming something that’s talked about in the culture and valued. And if it is, how do you use it? And so its sustainability or all of those things, if they’re values that are in your psyche, you just do it, you know. But if they’re things that are written down as regulations, you probably do it wrong.


CAVANAUGH: I read where you said that you think that we might be heading towards a new romantic age. Why do you think that?

HUBBELL: Well, I think that we’ve been obsessed with control, you know, on everything from schools where you teach in order to get grades to genetics to politics. And I think that particularly recently we’re learning that we’re not really in control and that you have to celebrate mystery and celebrate things that just happen. Otherwise, you kind of destroy everything. So and, to me, that’s what the romantic is, it’s somebody that accepts that life isn’t something that you – you go from A to B to C, it takes you somewhere.


You can listen to the interview and read the transcript on
Artist James Hubbell Builds Park in South Korea
By Angela Carone & Maureen Cavanaugh
These Days San Diego
June 17, 2010
(Quotes and image excerpted from

Hubbell / Ilan-Lael Foundation Open House & Studios

May 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment

Hubbell Big Studio & Gallery. Photo by Graham Wilder.

Fathers’ Day
Sunday, June 20th, 2010
11 am to 5 pm

at the home of
James and Anne Hubbell
930 Orchard Lane
Santa Ysabel, CA  9200

Tickets Are On Sale! Please call with your reservation!

Come see our new mosaics, new stained glass, expanded garden and much more!

Purchase Your Tickets in Advance!

$60          Foundation Membershiop + 1 Admission
$40          General Admissions
$30          Student
Free         Children 12 and under
Tickets at the door are an additional $10.

Checks payable to Ilan-Lael and must be received by June 11, 2010.
Credit cards call 760-765-3427
or buy online on the Ilan Lael Foundation website.

Advance tickets are not mailed.
Your name is acknowledged at the door.

For more info, call (760) 765-3427 or email us at

Parking Information
Parking is in a field approx. 50 yards down Orchard Lane.   Low clearance vehicles not recommended!
Follow the signs.  Shuttle service provided.
Orchard Lane is a private road.  Please do not park at private driveways.
Note:  Safe, comfortable shoes are a must as the terrain is often uneven!

Please, no smoking!

Printable flier with map.

Site Visit for Gorilla Research Center in Uganda

April 26, 2010 at 11:18 am | Posted in Portfolio | Leave a comment
Infant Mountain Gorilla

Infant Mountain Gorilla. Source:

During the week of April 26, Drew Hubbell will be traveling to Uganda to visit the site of a future Gorilla Research Clinic in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Hubbell & Hubbell Architects will be providing sustainable design services for the Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH)–a grassroots, nongovernemental, non-profit organization founded by Ugandans in 2002–with a mission “to improve primary health care for people and animals in and around protected areas in Africa by preventing and controlling disease transmission where wildlife, people and domestic animals meet.” (

The park is home to an estimated half of the world’s 720 critically endangered mountain gorillas, and borders remote human settlements with very limited access to basic modern health services and health education.

Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder and CEO of CTPH, explains that this fragile ecosystem offers a special challenge because “humans share more than 98% of their genetic material with the great apes, so many diseases can jump between the species.  CTPH prevents and controls disease transmission where wildlife, people, and their animals meet, while cultivating a winning attitude toward conservation and good public health in local communities.”  (The Reporter, Feb 2010, Vol. 42, Issue 1,

The new Research Center would enable more centralized research material to CTPH’s goals, allowing closer tracking of the gorillas; provide housing for staff members; and offer facilities to accommodate eco-tourism, a valuable income source for local communities that helps conservation education efforts in the area.

Because a successful project would require passive solutions and affordable local building materials, Bill Toone–conservation biologist and Founder of the ECOLIFE Foundation–introduced CTPH to Hubbell & Hubbell Architects.  Toone worked closely with Drew Hubbell on the Wild Animal Park Seed Bank, a super-insulated strawbale building designed for the San Diego Zoological Society.

We are very excited about this project, and look forward to hearing about Drew’s trip to Bwindi!

Learn more about the wonderful conservation work being performed by CTPH and ECOLIFE:

James Hubbell Honored by SDAI Museum of the Living Artist

April 11, 2010 at 10:05 am | Posted in Awards | Leave a comment

San Diego Art Institute logo

James Hubbell was honored on April 10th with the 5th Palette Award by the SDAI San Diego Museum of the Living Artist’s Southern California Regional Awards Exhibition. This honor is awarded to an individual artist for their generosity of spirit, dedication and support of the visual arts while in pursuit of their own artistic excellence.

Drew Hubbell, James’ son, accepted the honor, as James was in Chicago being honored as a featured artist at the current exhibition of the Chicago Mosaic School. James wishes to thank Timothy Field, Executive Director of the Institute and longtime friend for bestowing this well-regarded honor.

DMA & HHA providing green design services to Native American communities

March 16, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Posted in Fire Rebuild, LEED, Press | Leave a comment

San Pasqual Cultural Center, Hubbell & Hubbell. Photo: Photo Darkroom.

Dyron Murphy Architects, P.C. and Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, LLC have joined forces to provide services to the Native American community in southern California and throughout the United States.

The firms’ principals, Dyron Murphy and Drew Hubbell, began their journey in architecture together while students at the University of Arizona. Now, they have formed a collaboration of their talents and skills in designing and constructing for the Native American community.

The two firms, while located geographically apart in Albuquerque and San Diego, share a vision of producing excellence in architectural design that responds to the environment.

Institute of American Indian Arts

Institute of American Indian Arts, Dyron Murphy Architects.

Dyron Murphy Architects continues to provide comprehensive architectural service to the Native American community, and has delivered several LEED™ certified projects in the western United States, including the most recent for the U.S. Department of Labor Job Corps Dormitory Facility in Albuquerque, New Mexico, LEED™ Gold.  This is the first LEED™ certified facility for the Department of Labor in the United States.

Hubbell & Hubbell Architects’ recent local experience includes working with Chairman Allen Lawson and Dave Toler from the San Pasqual Tribe to design a new cultural center and residence on a beautiful site overlooking Lake Wohlford; both buildings integrate the latest green technologies and energy-saving techniques.

Last spring, Drew worked with Kristie Orosco, Environmental Director of the Rincon Tribe, to present information and examples of sustainable design and development to tribal leaders. He currently serves on the Rincon Band’s Environmental Technical Advisory Board, which is helping to develop a 20 year sustainability plan for the Rincon Tribal Government.

Drew was also honored to be a presenter for the “Green within Reach: Renewable Energy and Housing in Indian Country” session at the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Convention in New Orleans in May 2009.

More information about the firms can be found on their websites: and A November 5, 2009 New Mexico Business Weekly article about Dyron Murphy Architects is also included in a pdf here: NMBW on DMA.

The Capri Ushers in Modernism – KPBS Culture Lust

February 4, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Posted in Press | Leave a comment
The Capri theatre

The Capri theatre, formerly on Park Boulevard in San Diego. Photo by Julius Shulman, sampled from KPBS Culture Lust blog.

Here’s a a great historic article about The Capri, a movie theater –  art venue of the mid-century modern architectural school that used to be located on Park Boulevard in San Diego.

This article details James Hubbell’s first public art exhibition in San Diego that was held at The Capri.  The article also includes mention of other artists, patrons and critics of the period including Burton Jones, James Britton, Lloyd Ruocco, Marj Hyde, Tony Rosenthal, and others.

Kudos to writer David Hampton!  This is an entertaining blast from the past!


Marianne Gerdes

Director, Ilan-Lael Foundation

Article: Anders Residence in Sfaere magazine

December 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Posted in Press | Leave a comment

Anders Residence designed by Hubbell & Hubbell Architects

The Anders Residence, designed by Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, was featured in the Norwegian magazine Sfære, “a magazine from Enova about energy and climate, for modern people homes.”

The Autumn issue (No. 2-2009) focused on ways California is taking control of climate change.  The Anders Residence was highlighted as an example of an energy-efficient, passively designed, green home that produces more energy than it consumes.

We’re including pdf’s of the article in English and Norwegian below.  Enjoy!


Video highlights of Salute to James Hubbell

November 25, 2009 at 5:55 pm | Posted in Events | Leave a comment

Hi All,

Here’s a link to a video presentation with highlights from the Salute to James Hubbell which was sponsored by Mingei International Museum on October 3rd, 2009 to honor James Hubbell’s art and humanitarian work.

Please feel free to share it with anyone you loves James and his work!


Marianne Gerdes
Ilan Lael Foundation

Hubbell & Hubbell named Coastal Champion by SD Coastkeeper

October 29, 2009 at 11:48 am | Posted in Awards, Water | Leave a comment
San Diego Coastkeeper's lovely award

Hubbell & Hubbell - 2009 Coastal Champion Honoree

Receiving the 2009 Coastal Champion Award…what an honor!

We are pleased to announce that San Diego Coastkeeper awarded Hubbell & Hubbell as their 2009 Coast Champion Business Honoree at their 14th annual Ocean Gala benefit on Saturday, October 24th.

The award was accepted on behalf of the firm by architect, Juergen Zierler. We greatly appreciate San Diego Coastkeeper’s efforts toward protecting our regions bays, beaches, watersheds, and ocean; Hubbell & Hubbell is honored to be recognized by their organization.

The following summary is excerpted from the San Diego Coastkeeper’s awards description:

2009 Coastal Champion Awards

Coastkeeper is proud to celebrate the accomplishements of this year’s Coastal Champion Honorees.

Coastal Champion Business Honoree – Hubbell and Hubbell Architects
Coastal Champion Youth Honoree – Fish for Thought, Mara Bickett and Becky Deller
Coastal Champion Community Honorees – Dr. Tony Haymet, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography Margarita Diaz, Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental

Coastal Champion Business Honoree:  Hubbell & Hubbell Architects
Hubbell & Hubbell Pacific Portal - Shelter IslandHubbell & Hubbell Architects exemplifies the happy coexistence of strikingly beautiful design and environmentally-sustainable building practices. The firm’s design of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center is a masterpiece of natural lighting, passive heating and cooling systems, and a living roof of low-water plants. Through innovative design Hubbell & Hubbell has preserved modern conveniences while also protecting our valuable natural resources, all in a harmoniously aesthetic facility that honors the unique natural setting. Their design for the Friends Center was developed as a showcase “green building,” using rainwater capture technology, solar power, and energy-efficient techniques. The design won glowing reviews and is expected to achieve LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Hubbell & Hubbell’s Pacific Portal Gazebo at Shelter Island uses low-water succulent gardens to harmonize with the surrounding views of the San Diego Bay. Coastkeeper is proud to honor Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, a San Diego icon in art, architecture, and environmental responsibility.

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