Alcorn & Benton Architects is led by two experienced and practiced architects: James Alcorn and Paul Benton, who have worked on numerous project types ranging from multi-function arenas, airports, and industrial spaces, to offices, classrooms, medical clinic renovations, and custom residences.

Alcorn & Benton Architects includes a diverse, well-coordinated staff of design professionals.  With architecture, planning, engineering, and LEED AP credentials, our designers are well-versed in analyzing and accommodating our clients’ individual needs and requirements.

James Alcorn
James Alcorn
AIA Emeritus

Since 1964, James has focused his expertise and imagination on clean lines and modern design. James is currently Vice President of the La Jolla Historical Society and co-chair of the society’s Facilities Committee. He previously served as co-chair of the La Jolla Merchant’s Association design board. His early work at the firms of Eero Saarinen and SOM contributes to a rich and thoughtful sense of architectural design value and aesthetic. While at SOM, James contributed to the design of the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum Complex. His later experience includes the design and master plan of the Ventura County Government Center and the Brea Civic/Cultural Center. His work has received numerous AIA Regional & Local Design Awards.

Paul Benton
Paul Benton
Architect + Engineer

As both a Registered Professional Engineer and Architect, Paul can visualize complex structural details while in the preliminary planning stages, providing an appealing design that also meets highly technical requirements. Paul is chair of the La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee and recently completed nine years of service on the La Jolla Shores Planned District Advisory Board. He is an accomplished designer and project manager with a record of work at the San Diego International Airport, Port of San Diego, local universities, and numerous commercial and custom residential projects.

Andrew Benton
Project Manager

Andy is a graduate of the University of North Carolina. Since he joined the firm in 2003, Andy has been involved in project management and opportunities to collaborate with contractors and clients in design as well as construction projects. His duties include working with state and local permit offices to obtain permits on schedule, incorporating technical matters into the application and review process, and creating innovative solutions to changes and problems in the field.