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William Carpenter

William Carpenter

Decatur, GA, US

 

About 

Throughout his career, Dr. William Carpenter studied under several prominent academic voices including Samuel Mockbee Gold Medalist FAIA, Christopher Rischer, and Norman Jaffe FAIA. It is through their influence and innovative work that he found his true passion in architecture and education.
As author of the influential Learning By Building, Design and Construction in Architectural Education (Wiley, 1997) and Modern Sustainable Residential Design (Wiley, 2009) he has influenced a genera- tion of students and practitioners in Design Build Education and Sustainable practice. He has also founded the AIA Georgia High School Design Competition and together with the ongoing sponsor- ship from the Home Depot Foundation this award program has influenced the past 8 years of High School graduates in the State of Georgia.
Carpenter is owner and founder of the internationally recognized design firm Lightroom Studio, located in Decatur, GA. Lightroom specializes in architecture and new media for both commercial and residential clients. Carpenter uses Lightroom as an extensive learning opportunity for students through internships that are available any time of year to accommodate a diverse range of students. Recipient of the National ACSA/AIAS Educator of the Year Award in 2000 and the National Young Architects Citation in 1997, Carpenter continues to pursue excellence both in academia and the professional world. His work has been published in Southern Living, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Print Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and ERA. He was elected as a Fellow of the AIA in 2000 and to the AIA National Board of Directors as South Atlantic Director in 2010. Most recently, Carpenter has been creating publications that capture the current, unique environment in architectural practice and education which include Design Build Studio (Lightroom Press, 2010) and Multi-Disciplinary Practice (Lightroom Press, 2010)

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Earl Swensson FAIA, Associates, Project Architect

Nashville, TN

Jan 2011 - current
 

Lightroom Studio, Principal & Founder

Decatur, GA

Feb 2003 - current
 

William Carpenter Architects, Principal & Founder

Atlanta, GA

Jan 1997 - May 2003
 

Smith Dalia Architects, Project Architect

Aug 1993 - Jun 1997
 

BMK Architects, Senior Associate

Alexandria, VA

Sep 1988 - Dec 1993
 

Samuel Mockbee, Intern

Feb 1986 - Apr 1987
 

Norman Jaffe, FAIA, Intern

Bridgehampton, NY

May 1981 - Aug 1984
 

Education 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), MArch, Architecture

Architecture and Urbanism

Aug 1989 - current
 

Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), PhD, Architecture and Urbanism

Jan 1999 - Jul 2003
 

Mississippi State University, BArch, Architecture

Architecture and Urbanism

Aug 1980 - May 1986
 

Awards 

Print Magazine Award of Excellence, Award

"The Food Loop" identity package

2006
 

Bronze Medal, Award

2000
 

Design Award of Merit, Award

Reynoldstown Theater Project

1999
 
1998
 
1997
 


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