Light in the Public Realm

Spring 2014 Student Lecture Series: James Carpenter

Light in the Public Realm

© Boston Architectural College; Video by: Matt Gelineau

Abstract: With over 40 years developing a cross disciplinary practice committed to integrating experiential light within the public realm James Carpenter will examine how he and his studio go beyond the organization of space or the expression of form. Carpenter applies observation and technical knowledge to the complex task of transforming each project into something unexpected yet timeless.

James Carpenter studied architecture and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1972. Mr. Carpenter actively exhibited light-based art works while working from 1972 through 1982 as a consultant at Corning Glass Works developing new glass materials. These research projects were aimed at potential architectural applications. Since establishing James Carpenter Design Associates in 1978, Mr. Carpenter has been integrating a synthesis of light into building structures. The studio is a collaborative environment encouraging an exchange of ideas between architects, materials and structural engineers, environmental engineers and fabricators.

Mr. Carpenter is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Following JCDA's move toward designing the built environment itself, at the end of 2010 JCDA completed the planning, design, renovation and expansion of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Since then JCDA has continued to both produce unique artworks and lead and collaborate on the design of museum, university and infrastructure projects.