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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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  • VA System Working with Local Providers to Reduce Wait Times July 28, 2014
    By Joseph Franz Wait times at the VA has been a common headline lately. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has come under fire as tens of thousands of veterans nationwide have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment. This has caused dozens of investigations and led Veterans Affairs […]
  • Local camp shapes Solana Beach youth into community leaders July 28, 2014
    After attending the inaugural La Colonia de Eden Gardens Youth Leadership Camp last year, Edgar Vergara was inspired to make positive change in Solana Beach’s Eden Gardens community. Along with other local teens, the 15-year-old co-founded the youth group La Colonia Changers and recently hosted a town hall forum on underage drinking. Passionate about making […]
  • Del Mar Union School District approves new contract for superintendent July 28, 2014
    The Del Mar Union School District Board July 23 approved the new contract for Superintendent Holly McClurg through June 30, 2018. Per the contract, McClurg’s annual salary will be $185,000 with an annual doctoral stipend of $10,000. She will receive a car allowance of $400 a month, 25 vacation days, health benefits and a retirement contribution of $700 a mon […]