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SUBU Design Architecture

15243 La Cruz Drive, Suite 908, Pacific Palisades,
California, 90272, United States


SUBU Design Architecture is a Los Angeles-based architecture and interior design firm that focuses on creating a bespoke and sustainable home for each unique client. What sets SUBU apart is that we are able to design and manage each project from conceptual site design through construction to detailing the trim on a custom sofa. We embrace the process from the beginning to move-in.

The studio was founded by May Sung AIA, LEED AP, in 2010. Sung mixes her formal East Coast education with her Asian heritage, infused with a casual southern California attitude, to create each unique design. As a former Fulbright Scholar, Sung believes in research and creating a studied built environment that suits the individual client, whether it’s contemporary or transitional style. Every project must fit within its own context. Sung is personally involved in every project, no matter the size or budget. Her approach each time is focused on collaboration with the design and construction team.

Recognized by the LA Times as one of the Top 25 Designers in Los Angeles, SUBU Design Architecture has completed numerous residential and boutique hotel projects throughout Southern California. This includes the award-winning restoration of the La Serena Villas Hotel in Palm Springs, which was recognized by the Palm Springs Conservation Board for the creative reconstruction, and featured in Vogue.

The firm also has a vast portfolio of varied and creative residential projects in the greater Los Angeles area, Santa Barbara, and Aspen area. Its work has been featured in numerous publications, including Luxe, Ocean Home, California Homes, and South Bay Home magazines. Other recent residential projects include houses in Montecito, Pacific Palisades, and Manhattan Beach, California.

Photo by Karyn R. Millet
Photo by Phillip Nguyen