Guys Speaker: January 10th, 2017

James L. Alcorn has a unique background in architecture. He was educated at two of the best schools of architecture in the United States, and has worked for several of the most prestigious architectural firms in the nation, before establishing his own firm.


His projects portfolio includes major design responsibilities for the Laney College Campus in Oakland, The Ventura County Government Center, The First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, and the Home Federal Employee Services Center in San Diego, to cite just a few.


Design Excellence Awards were given for his design ofthe Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Complex with SOM San Francisco, Brea Civic and Cultural Center, with Warnecke, Los Angeles The Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, and the Bank of Del Mar. 


Jim Alcorn’s development as an architect began at The University of California Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture. He was awarded a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Yale University, and served in the design departments of Eero Saarinen and Associates in New Haven, and Skidmore, Owen and Merrill, San Francisco. He has been 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, then San Diego’s largest architectural and planning firm. In 1977 he formed Gaede/Alcorn Associates, with offices in La Jolla and Pasadena, which later became James Alcorn and Associates.


He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is licensed by the state of California. 


In his off hours, Jim travels and restores vintage automobiles, but not just any cars. He is an internationally recognized expert on vintage MG sports and touring cars, and owns several. Restoring MG’s and excellence in architecture are not as far apart as one might think. Both require and appreciation for superb design and engineering. And to succeed at both one needs the ability and talent to look beyond the obvious, and find the unique solution to the subtle opportunity.