SUBU Design Architecture is a Los Angeles-based design studio founded 2010 with a commitment to integrated approach, achieving the optimum result by working with different disciplinary fields.  The studio does not approach a project with a defined style, but aims to provide a solution that is architecturally coherent for the client’s lifestyle and needs.  The studio has designed residential, commercial and hospitality projects throughout Southern California.


Founded by May Sung and Jim Burkholder, SUBU Design Architecture is noted for its collaborative spirit with the client, consultants, artisans, and builders.

Principal Profiles:



May Sung was born in Taiwan and raised in Southern California.  Upon graduation from University of California in Berkeley with Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, she worked for Anne Fougeron & Associates and Jim Jenning Arkitecture in San Francisco.  She then attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design in the M Arch I program with Advanced Placement.  In 1997, May had the honor to represent the United States of America as a Fulbright Scholar to Hong Kong SAR.  After returning to Los Angeles, she was a Project Manager at KAA Design Group for numerous residential and commercial projects.  She served as an elected board member of the Marquez Charter Elementary School and is a current member of the Fowler Museum’s Contemporary Council.



Jim Burkholder


Jim Burkholder grew up in Denver, Colorado.  Following his studies in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he attended Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  He has worked for Bill Rawn & Associates, Tonkin Design, and was an Associate at Marmol Radziner & Associates.  His diverse portfolio includes collaboration with James Turrell for “Dividing the Light”, a Sky Space at Pomona College, Accelerated School in South Los Angeles, and working with Tadao Ando on a Malibu Residence.   Though Jim lost his battle to pancreatic cancer in 2013, he is still very much part of SUBU Design Architecture.