Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture from UC Berkeley, and Master of Architecture from Yale. He served in the design departments of Eero Saarinen and Associates in New Haven, and of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, San Francisco. Subsequently he was Vice President and Director of Design for John Carl Warnecke and Associates in Los Angeles, and Co-Director of Design and Vice President of the Hope Consulting Group, San Diego’s largest architectural and planning firm. He then formed Gaede/Alcorn Associates, which later became James Alcorn and Associates.
Paul Benton and all his staff bring years of experience gained from work on large-scale and high-profile projects. They take pride in providing a high level of service to all clients. Paul provides a unique approach to coastal architecture and the unique environment of the American Southwest, and an innate sensibility when it comes to merging the form and function of a client’s needs. Paul Benton has degrees from MIT and Washington University in St. Louis, and is licensed both as an Architect and Professional Engineer.
Charity has a substantial background in the practical issues related to construction, and frequently provides for the coordination of the final touches for the completion of the project.
Andy Benton joined the office in 2003. In his time working under Paul, he has been involved in regular site visits and collaboration with contractors and clients on countless projects. In addition, Andy researches the locations of new projects, and works with the state and local permit offices in obtaining permits and getting plans checked on schedule.
His duties most often include monitoring construction, construction management, creating innovative solutions to changes and problems in the field, and consulting with clients and contractors. These critical functions in the field have been essential to maintaining the high standards of quality and customer service Paul strives for.
As project manager, Lindsay coordinates with engineers, consultants and contractors on a daily basis. Lindsay is interested in sustainable architecture and public housing prototypes. Lindsay is working towards her licensure as an architect.
Alexis is most interested in urban planning and green design. She is working towards her licensure as an architect.