University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design AGC Glass Lecture Features James Carpenter

The 2020-2021 lecture series at the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design continues on March 29, 2021, 6:30 p.m. ET, with a virtual lecture featuring James Carpenter. The lecture is funded by AGC Glass and is free and open to the public.

Carpenter will lecture on “Light in the Public Realm.” This lecture will focus on a 40-year trajectory of work that brings agency to the presence of light, allowing it to reveal the properties and presence of nature within our built environment.

James Carpenter has worked at the intersection of art, engineering and the built environment for 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 building projects.

Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture in 2008 and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

The lecture will be livestreamed. The link will be live on March 29.

For disability-related accommodations for the College of Architecture and Design’s virtual events, please contact the college’s event coordinator, Jennifer Flatford, at or 865-974-6714, at least two weeks in advance of the event.

In 2021, AGC Glass North America partnered with the UT College of Architecture and Design to fund lectures by renowned design professionals whose work emphasizes the use of glass.  The AGC Glass Lectures are part of the college’s lecture series to supplement the education of students and elevate the profession in the community. Read more information about the college’s full lecture series.