Ed Carpenter is an artist specializing in large-scale public installations ranging from architectural sculpture to infrastructure design. Since 1973 he has completed scores of projects for public, corporate, and ecclesiastical clients. Working internationally from his studio in Portland, Oregon, USA, Carpenter collaborates with a variety of expert consultants, sub-contractors, and studio assistants. He personally oversees every step of each commission, and installs them himself with a crew of long-time helpers, except in the case of the largest objects, such as bridges.

While an interest in light has been fundamental to virtually all of Carpenter's work, he also embraces commissions that require new approaches and skills. This openness has led to increasing variety in his commissions and a wide range of sites and materials. Recent projects include interior and exterior sculptures, bridges, towers, and gateways. His use of glass in new configurations, programmed artificial lighting, and unusual tension structures have broken new ground in architectural art. He is known as an eager and open-minded collaborator as well as technical innovator.

Carpenter is grandson of a painter/sculptor, and step-son of an architect, in whose office he worked summers as a teenager. He studied architectural glass art under artists in England and Germany during the early 1970's. Information on his projects and a video about his methods can be found at:

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2007: Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2007 Year in Review for TECOTOSH

2004: Special Achievement Award for the Seattle US Courthouse, US General Services Administration, Seattle, WA.

2001: Architectural Foundation of Oregon Honored Citizen of the Year Award, Portland, Oregon.

1999: Federal Highway Administration Excellence in Highway Design for "Grasshopper Bridge," Phoenix, AZ.

1994: Design Citation, American Institute of Architects (New England Region), University Center, Rochester, MN.

1989: Solomon Schechter Fine Art Award for Congregation Neveh Shalom Ark doors.

1989: Governor's Commendation "The Making of Mainstreet: A Design Workshop for Government Camp".

1985: Portland Beautification Association Honor Award for the Justice Center Great Window.

1975: E.B. Webster Award, Contemporary Crafts Association, Portland, Oregon.

1973: Michael Hattrell Award for study of stained glass in modern architecture, from Burleighfield Association, Buckinghamshire, England.


1984: National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship.

1977: Western States Arts Foundation Fellowship.

1976: National Endowment for the Arts Master Craftsman Grant.

1975: Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, grant for study in Germany with Ludwig Schaffrath.

Selected Professional Activities

2007-present: Member Urban Design Advisory Group, Columbia Crossing Project, Oregon/Washington

2005-present: Board of Trustees, Midland School, Los Olivos, California.

2000-present: Chair, Edelman Lecture Committee, Pacific Northwest College of Art.

1999-2004: Swallowtail School, Hillsboro, OR (k-8), Board Chair.

1985-89: Metropolitan Arts Commissioner, Portland, Oregon. Founder, Public Art Advisory Committee.

1983-86: Board of Trustees, American Craft Enterprises, Chairman.

1982-86: Board of Trustees, American Craft Council, Vice-President.

1975-79: Board of Trustees (Chair of Building Committee during construction of new campus), Oregon School of Arts and Crafts.

1972-74: Board of Trustees, Hillside Center Artist's Cooperative.


1975: Studied large architectural glass design with Ludwig Schaffrath, Aldsdorf, West Germany.

1973: Studied stained glass design and technique with Patrick Reyntiens, Buckinghamshire, England.

1969, 1973, 1975, 1982, 1987, 1993: Visited factories, installations and artists throughout Europe.

1958-1963: Summer Apprenticeships Neutra & Alexander Architects, Los Angeles, California.

Lecturing and Teaching

1975-present: Featured speaker at conferences and meetings in USA, Europe, New Zealand, and Asia.

1980-present: Master classes in USA, New Zealand, Mexico.

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