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Light, Glass & the Built Environment

James Carpenter
James Carpenter Design Associates

James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of art, architecture and engineering for nearly 50 years, advancing a distinctive vision based on the use of natural light and glass as the foundational elements of the built environment. Carpenter founded the cross-disciplinary design firm James Carpenter Design Associates in 1979 to support the application of these aesthetic principles to large-scale architectural projects.

Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree in architecture and sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.