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MacArthur Fellowship winner gives Feb. 2 ArchiLecture at Lawrence Tech

Release Date: January 28, 2010

Southfield, Mich. -  New York City architect James Carpenter will discuss the use of architecture to enrich an individual's relationship with light and other phenomena within the urban experience when he delivers an ArchiLecture on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. in the architecture auditorium (A200) at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Carpenter is a 2004 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, which is given for "exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work" and is known as the "Genius Award."

Since 1979, James Carpenter Design Associates has worked to develop independent and integrated building structures that have progressively synthesized art and architecture. The firm seeks to merge ecological and aesthetic goals by exploring the natural world to manifest its material, structural and environmental beauty in the built environment.

The firm's work is a synthesis of creative ideas and technical expertise that straddles the fields of art, architecture and engineering. Light in transmission, reflection and refraction as it is perceived, is the initial inspiration, which becomes a guiding principal in designing a complete architectural project.

Carpenter has received numerous other awards including the National Environmental Design Award from the Smithsonian Institution and the American Institute of Architects Honor Award.

He has taught throughout his career at numerous universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he studied architecture and sculpture. 

For more information on Carpenter and his firm, see (link).

For more than 35 years, Lawrence Tech's ArchiLecture series, sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design, has brought some of the world's most prestigious design professionals to the Detroit area for presentations to students, architects, and the public.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers nearly 100 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey and Traverse City. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.