runs a design firm (James
Carpenter Design Associates), in New York that specializes
in architectural uses of glass. One of the first Americans to
work in the glass industry in Italy, Carpenter worked as a designer
for the Venini Company in Murano in the early 1970s. He is a pioneer
in discovering and designing architectural applications for glass.
During his weekly commutes to MIT from New York, Carpenter worked
with Michael Cima and graduate students in the Ceramics Processing
Lab to develop a non-yellowing polymer that could be used to sleeve
long cylinders of borosilicate glass such that they might be used
safely as struts in load-bearing situations.
gave a fine talk entitled The Structure of Transparency,
on the development of his work from gallery-based to site-specific
to architectural in nature.