Miller Hull Partnership, an architectural firm based in San Diego and Seattle, has promoted Ben Dalton to partner, in charge of the firm’s San Diego operations.
The firm recently was chosen to design seven U.S. embassy projects around the world.
The embassy work is all being handled out of the Seattle office for security reasons to keep everything in a single office, Dalton said.
But it was Miller Hull that designed and oversaw the $741 million project to rebuild the San Ysidro border crossing – a project that was completed in December 2019 and was what drew Dalton to San Diego in 2011 to organize the firm’s San Diego offices.
At the time, Miller Hull had a San Diego staff of four.
The firm has since grown to have a San Diego staff of 20 and a Seattle staff of about 70, Dalton said.
Dalton also oversaw the $1.7 million renovation of Miller Hull’s San Diego headquarters at The Wharf at Point Loma.
The renovation received an award from the International Living Future Institute for its use of energy and synergy with the surrounding environment, among other things.
Dalton said the renovation of the firm’s headquarters is among his proudest projects because the original office space was designed by one of Miller Hull’s founders, the late Robert Hull.
“Being able to design the office space within that building has been very special to me. Bob was a mentor of mine growing up in the firm,” Dalton said.
Receiving the Living Future award also made is special because “it represents the values of our firm,” Dalton said.
On the Edge
In announcing Dalton’s promotion to partner, Managing Partner Ron Rochon said “Ben has been an integral part of Miller Hull’s success for the past 16 years.”
“Ten years ago, when we decided to start a studio from scratch in San Diego, Ben recognized the opportunity and volunteered to relocate to help us establish a presence there,” Rochon said.
Among the firm’s recent projects was the $22 million East County Assessor, Recorder, County Clerk and Archive (ARCC) in Santee at 10144 Mission Gorge Road.
“We want to remain very diverse in the type of work that we do but we’re hopeful of continuing to push high levels of sustainability and high design into all of our work,” Dalton said. “I see San Diego on the edge of major transformation. We’re excited to be here in this moment, to have an opportunity to work with our clients and help shape what looks to be a very transformation for the city.”
As Dalton sees it, the transformation will include higher density, especially downtown as the office market rebounds and developers position downtown project to attract life science companies.
“I see the downtown being more robust, more of a 24-hour city,” Dalton said.