Category archives for: Paul Benton

Going Green: 3 of the Coolest Sustainable Buildings in California

sustainable architect in La Jolla

By Paul Benton, Alcorn & Benton Architects We’ve heard the term “sustainable” but what does it mean when it comes to architecture?  A green building – or sustainable construction – is an energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly residential or commercial space. Sustainable architecture is important because it serves as the future of community growth and ensures the well-being [...]

Architecture in the garden: making connections to improve San Diego landscape design

San Diego landscape design

Learn about the connection between home and garden for insight into effective San Diego landscape design.

A farm in the city: sustainable urban agriculture in San Diego

Sustainable urban agriculture

Sustainable urban agriculture is the key to a more localized, efficient and environmentally-friendly food supply.

Preserving San Diego coastal access: a gift for us, a legacy for the future

San Diego coastal access

San Diego coastal access is an important feature in local architecture and design, one that connects us with the land and sea that defines our unique California environment.

So you need a coastal permit: the scoop on San Diego coastal architecture

Coastal permit

Getting a coastal permit in San Diego may seem daunting; but with a little information and help from an expert architect, anyone can navigate the complexities of coastal access.

Commercial versus residential kitchens: blending function and design for the ultimate workspace

Residential kitchens

Commercial and residential kitchens are very different, each with their own architectural complexities and unique requirements.

Contemporary kitchen designs: transform your kitchen into a multipurpose masterpiece

Contemporary kitchen designs

Considering all the activity that goes on in the kitchen, contemporary kitchen designs must take multiple uses into account.

Safe coastal architecture: preparing oceanfront structures to withstand environmental stress

Coastal architecture - Architect in La Jolla

Extreme weather preparedness is a critical factor when it comes to safe and structurally sound coastal architecture in San Diego.

Coastal architecture: looking back at the evolution of San Diego style and design

San Diego coastal architecture was inspired by a push toward modernity and a connection with the outdoors.

San Diego architecture and security systems design: integrating structure and technology for safer spaces

Alcorn & Benton Architects | Security Systems Design

In past columns, we have discussed San Diego architecture issues pertaining to earthquake safety; and this month, we want to examine the role architects play in another, equally important safety measure — security systems design and implementation. Successfully integrating security features into a new or existing architectural design takes careful planning and meticulous attention to detail. However, the best architects are those who consider such efforts as a natural extension of the project, and maintain a “big picture” perspective to find the right security solutions for each and every structure.

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  • Solana Beach water district moving to mandatory water use restrictions August 22, 2014
    Customers of the Santa Fe Irrigation District — including residents of Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach and part of Fairbanks Ranch — will face mandatory restrictions on water use starting Sept. 5, in an effort to save water due to an ongoing statewide drought. The restrictions include a three-day-per-week watering schedule for all homes and businesses, a prohi […]
  • West Coast FC Classic Champs August 22, 2014
    Congratulations to Coach Beto Villela and the San Diego Surf BU11 Academy (Villela) team. The boys won the West Coast FC Classic Tournament last weekend, held in Mission Viejo. […]
  • Surf GU9 team takes first place in Orange County Kickoff classic August 22, 2014
    The Surf Soccer Club Academy GU9 team took first place in the 2014 Orange County Kickoff Classic (Girls U9 flight 1) on Aug. 16-17. […]