Alcorn & Benton: Dynamic duo in architecture

Paul Benton and Jim Alcorn talk about their work.  Photo: Dave Schwab
Paul Benton and Jim Alcorn talk about their work. Photo: Dave Schwab

There’s a good reason why clients in La Jolla choose Alcorn & Benton Architects to design for their projects.

“They know that we can do it — we can make it happen,” said Jim Alcorn, one half of the architectural partnership he established with Paul Benton nearly a year ago at their loft office at 7757 Girard Ave.

Benton’s and Alcorn’s styles complement each other. Becoming a team has established a synergy benefiting both.

“Usually people select architects based either on their history of work or the kind of design that they do,” said Benton, who is also an engineer. “Jim is a modernist and that’s a wide range.”

Diversity and hybridization are a big part of the successful mix at the architectural firm.

“Right now we have some very classical, traditional buildings under way but with a modernist element,” said Benton, noting the firm’s project list under development presently numbers 23, a body of work including everything from individual homes to redevelopments to large, upscale new construction.

The pedigree of the two architects is impressive.

Paul Benton has been practicing in California since 1984, serving a variety of client needs ranging from architectural design to structural renovation to planning and project management. He was appointed by the mayor to serve on the La Jolla Shores Planned District Advisory Board, and has achieved approval for numerous projects from the La Jolla Community Planning Association and the California Coastal Commission.

James Alcorn, a member of the American Institute of Architects, received his bachelor of rchitecture from UC Berkeley, and master of architecture from Yale. His work for the Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Complex, Brea Civic and Cultural Center, Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, and the Bank of Del Mar has won design excellence awards. He worked for several of the most prestigious architectural firms in the nation, before establishing his own firm, James Alcorn and Associates.

For more information about Alcorn & Benton call (858) 459-9035 or (858)459-0805 or visit http://




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