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Male, born 1942-02-14, died 2014-07-15

Associated with the firms network

Altoon + Porter, Architects; Gehry, Frank O. and Associates, Incorporated; Kober, Charles, Associates, Architects

Professional History


Draftsman, Donald Hugh Gibbs, Architect, Long Beach, CA, c. 1966.

Draftsman, Killingsworth, Brady and Associates, Long Beach, CA, c. 1967,

Architect, Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Santa Monica, CA.

Architect, Charles Kober Associates, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1980.

Partner, Altoon and Porter, Architects, Los Angeles, CA, 1984-2012. In the 1990s and 2000s, Altoon + Porter developed a busy practice in Asia. The Los Angeles Times noted at the time of his death: "In the mid 1990s, Jim ventured into the Asian frontier and took the chance on a new focus for architects. His drive was greater than the fear of failure. In the early 2000s he took responsibility for managing the firm's burgeoning Asian practice. Two of his most cherished trips to China were shared with his grandson Alexander as they, together, acquired knowledge and nuances of other cultures." (See Los Angeles, "James Frank Porter FAIA," published 08/05/2014, accessed 11/02/2022.)

Porter retired from practice in 2012. His obituary indicated that after his retirement from Altoon + Porter, he "ultimately re-engaged with the Gehry office." (See Los Angeles, "James Frank Porter FAIA," published 08/05/2014, accessed 11/02/2022.)

Professional Activities

Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA), Los Angeles Chapter.

Member, University of Southern California (USC), Architectural Guild, Los Angeles, CA, -2014.

Professional Awards

Fellow, American Institute of Architects (FAIA).



B.Arch., University of Southern California (USC), School of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, 1966.



He wed Faith Zink, an artist, who also attended USC.They wed at the USC Methodist Church in 1966.


Faith and James had two sons: Damon Gregory Porter and Arran Cameron Porter.

Biographical Notes

James Porter was present at the West Chamber of Commerce Beautification Awards in Los Angeles, CA, c. 04/18/1987.

Member, USC, School of Fine Arts, Board of Councilors, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1984-2014. Both the architect and Faith Zink Porter endowed fine arts scholarships at USC.

PCAD id: 3162