William Carpenter

William Carpenter

Decatur, GA, US



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)


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


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


Print Magazine Award of Excellence, Award

"The Food Loop" identity package


Bronze Medal, Award


Design Award of Merit, Award

Reynoldstown Theater Project