Our team is committed to integrating nature-centered art and architecture in environmentally-friendly private and public spaces.

Drew Hubbell

Architect, Principal of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects

Drew Hubbell’s diverse background ranges from historic restoration and adaptive reuse of existing commercial structures, to custom residences and remodels. He especially enjoys working on cultural and nature centers for non-profits and municipalities.

He leads the firm Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, and collaborates with his father—renowned artist James T. Hubbell—merging art and architecture in ecologically and aesthetically mindful ways. His firm specializes in sustainable architecture, green building materials and the use of alternative building materials such as straw bales, insulated concrete forms, adobe, and sprayed concrete construction.

Locally, Drew helped pioneer the use of alternative building materials, and has been a key figure in educating public agencies about their benefits, in order to gain acceptance and permits for these materials. Drew designed the first permitted straw bale structure in San Diego County, and his firm designed the first permitted straw-bale commercial building in the City of San Diego.

Drew’s education includes the architectural program at the Danish Institute of Study, Copenhagen, Denmark, and an architecture degree from University of Arizona. His extensive travel throughout Europe, Asia, and the United States allowed for an architectural survey of historic material and building techniques, providing him with a rich design vocabulary.

Drew is a member of Citizens Coordinate for Century 3, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of informed citizens who are interested in local and regional planning issues. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Committee on the Environment, the Newschool Arts Foundation Board, and the Ilan-Lael Foundation Board. He has been a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) since 2003, and the California Straw Bale Association (CASBA) since 1997. In 2010, he served as the sole juror for the San Diego Art Institute’s July/Aug Regional Show.

Please see Drew’s resume for more details: DrewHubbellResume.pdf

James Hubbell

Artist and Visionary Designer, Principal of James T. Hubbell Art Studio


James Hubbell has been designing and building in San Diego County using local materials and a nature-centered approach since the 1950’s.  His unique designs seem to grow out of their surroundings, and he incorporates community involvement, as well as volunteer participation and education, whenever possible.  James’ buildings, artwork, and public park projects have garnered international interest and recognition, and have been featured in numerous articles and books, television programs on the Travel Channel and Home and Garden TV, and two documentaries produced by KPBS.

James assists Hubbell & Hubbell Architects with site master planning, schematic design, models, and renderings; he also designs and fabricates  unique artistic details for our projects.  He runs the James T. Hubbell Art Studio in Santa Ysabel and is the guiding light of the Ilan-Lael Foundation.

Please see James’ resume for more details: JamesHubbellResume.pdf

Hubbell & Hubbell Architects:

In order from left to right

Drew Hubbell – Principal Architect

Gina Farkas – Associate, 2018 – current

Sarah Jamieson – Associate, 2017 – current

Kat Pephens – Business Manager, 2012 – current

Harrison Bolden – Intern, 2018 – 2019

Peter Barroso – Associate, 2005 – 2010, 2018 – current

Former Staff Members:

Harrison Bolden – Associate, 2018 – 2019, Richard Boynton – CAD Drafter, 2002-2018, Alex Miller -Project Architect, Bella Valdez – Associate, 1999-2004. Carolynn Wilson – Associate, 2001. Cher Brown – Associate, 1997. Deka Kano – Associate, 2004-2009. Diane Gage – Office Manager, 2000-2003. John Ruzicka – Associate, 2007-2009. Joseph Hensler – Associate, 1998-1999. Juergen Zierler – Project / Design Architect, 1999-2009. Kelly Fuller – Office Manager, 1998-2000. Kellyn Sanderson – Business Manager, 2004-2011. Kyle Bergman – Associate, 1996-1998. Lisa Moffitt – Associate, 2002. Patricia Peters – Business Manager, 2011-2012. Rex Marsh – Associate, 2003. Stephanie Cranney – Associate, 2002-2005. Todd Lukas – Associate, 2005.

Current Staff Members:

Architecture for Gina is living sculpture. Buildings function as conduits for the life of a community and bring together both aesthetic and pragmatic concerns. As a native San Diegan, she grew up appreciating the natural beauty of Southern California. From a young age she had a critical eye for building details and construction quality. Her time at UC Santa Cruz studying Environmental Policy and Sculpture led her to pursue an M.A. in Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Gina has design experience working in non-profit and commercial offices. She brings to the Hubbell team an enthusiasm for local culture, and a commitment to conscientious design. In her free time, she’s welding, creating furniture and sculpture for her garden.

Gina Farkas Resume

Sarah, originally from Indiana, studied Interior Design at Miami University of Ohio and moved to Julian, CA in 2017. Studying architecture and design in Luxembourg and London while in school cultivated her knowledge of historic preservation and local material use. For Sarah, design is everything we touch and see, and our experiences within spaces on a day to day basis can transform the way we think and feel sometimes without realizing it. She feels very fortunate to work for both Drew and his father, James, at his studio in Santa Ysabel. Working hands-on with materials at the Hubbell Studio and learning the technical details of how they all work at Drew’s office has developed an even bigger appreciation for the spaces in which we inhabit. At Hubbell and Hubbell, Sarah works on marketing, the website, proposal preparation, and occasionally drafting. She enjoys swimming, kayaking, making stained glass, and painting in her free time.

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Alex has always been fascinated with buildings and architecture. Growing up in NYC, he quickly learned to appreciate grand structures all around him. He pursued this passion in Washington, DC while obtaining a B.S. in Architecture and working as a drafter for a boutique firm called District Design. Since his move to San Diego, Alex earned his Master’s in Construction Management at the NewSchool of Architecture and Design. He is excited to continue learning and growing in the world of architecture at Hubbell and Hubbell.

Originally from Chicago, Peter has had an extensive background ranging from theater and set production to cabinetry design and fabrication to architectural drafting and rendering. After the 2003 Cedar Fire that gutted four out of the eight structures at James and Anne’s property in Santa Ysabel, Peter played a major role in rebuilding the cabinets and much of the woodworking. In his free time, he sings and plays guitar in his band and takes printmaking classes.

Peter Barroso Resume


James T. Hubbell Art Studio

Led by James Hubbell and located in the mountains near Julian, the Art Studio has been producing work since the early 60’s.  It has produced thousands of works of art from doors, windows, gates, sculpture in almost every material such as wood, stone, metal, glass, clay, and plastics.

The Art Studio usually has between three to six craftsmen and apprentices working various types of materials.  Occasionally we have called upon skilled craftsmen and friends from the San Diego area to work on special projects.

Through a wide network of friends and fine crafts people, we have access to a full range of disciplines.

Contact: (760) 765-0171

Artistic Details: https://www.hubbellandhubbell.com/artistic-details/

James Hubbell’s blog: withinthebranches.wordpress.com

Ilan-Lael Foundation

“The Ilan-Lael Foundation is an arts education foundation celebrating nature and the aesthetic of the built environment for its ability to help us see ourselves and our world in new ways.” – James T. Hubbell

Our Mission

To preserve and perpetuate the vision and artistic legacy of James and Anne Hubbell at the Hubbell Center for the arts in nature.

Our Purpose

We provide a place to explore the arts through engagement with the natural world, and to inspire people of diverse ages and cultures to discover and celebrate their creativity and use it as a catalyst for positive change in the world.

To read more about the Ilan-Lael Foundation, click here.

Pacific Rim Park

The Pacific Rim Park Project is a nonprofit organization that has as its mission the creation of friendship parks around the Pacific Rim as a means of fostering understanding and goodwill. During these month-long, hands-on projects students from various Pacific countries design and build a park overlooking the ocean. The Pacific Rim Park organization has built seven parks to date: in Russia, Mexico, China, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.

To read more about the Pacific Rim Park projects, click here.

Pearl of the Pacific

“Pearl of the Pacific” in San Diego, California 

Brennan Hubbell: Hubbell Craft

As the son of renowned San Diego artist James Hubbell, Brennan Hubbell began creating art as soon as he could walk.  Even as a kindergardener, Brennan helped build Ilan-Lael, the art and nature center, which is now home to Anne and James Hubbell and Hubbell Studios.  Growing up in the country, Brennan learned how to live and create in tandem with nature.  With the nature-loving seed planted at a young age he continued creating nature-based art through early adulthood.  Brennan attended Webb Academy in Claremont, California for high school, then went on to major in Fine Arts at St. Olaf College in Minnesota.  In his twenties Brennan studied permaculture in Oaxaca, Mexico under the instruction of Chuck Marsh, the North Carolina-based permaculturalist and designer.  As a father of two young children, Brennan hopes to pass on a love for art and nature to future generations.

Contact: (760) 765-0171; [email protected]

Visit: www.hubbellcraft.com

Teo Briseno: Living Arts Design

Teo Briseno is an eclectic artist, builder, gardener, stoneworker and instructor using natural materials. “There is a sense of joy, to enrich spaces on Earth.  Artfully arranged gardens and structures can be supportive of each other when in balance with nature.  To design and build spaces  that promote life and beauty, feels good to me . The Love of this synergy is a pleasure to share.” 

Contact: (808) 651-3396; [email protected]

Visit: www.livingartscollective.org