Award winning architect James Carpenter to give public lecture

February 10, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- James Carpenter, architect and founder of James Carpenter Design Associates, Inc. (JCDA), will give a free public lecture, "Constructing the Ephemeral," at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art, on the Penn State University Park campus.

Carpenter will talk about his studio's 30 years of experience synthesizing the phenomena of light into the experience of architecture, examining how these strategies have evolved into JCDA's current position and creating environmentally intelligent buildings. His lecture is part of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture/Porterfield Lecture Series, sponsored by the Department of Architecture.
Carpenter studied architecture and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating in 1972, and started JCDA in 1978. JCDA is a collaborative environment encouraging an exchange of ideas among architects, materials and structural engineers, environmental engineers and fabricators. Projects include the McKim Mead & White Farley Post Office at the new Pennsylvania Station in New York (2005); the planning and design of the five new buildings of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2009); and the completion of the exterior and lobby of Seven World Trade Center (2006). Carpenter has received numerous awards, including the Smithsonian Institute's National Environmental Design Award, the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

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