Carpenter | Lowings
Carpenter | Lowings was founded in 2001 and is owned by James Carpenter and Luke Lowings.
The practice specialises in collaborative work with some of the world’s leading architects.
Carpenter and Lowings’ mutual interest in the experiential qualities of daylight in public spaces, materials and structure, has led to a unique body of work at every scale in locations all over the world for a broad range of clients.
Projects include 'Ice Falls', a spectacular glass installation in the entrance lobby to Foster + Partners’ Hearst HQ in New York, 'Glass Tube Field', an innovative structure of glass tubes enlivening the lobby of Tower Place by Foster+Partners, and 'Sky Reflector Net' – a spectacular cable structure within the conical atrium of New York’s Fulton Street Station by Grimshaw Architects.
Current projects include 'Folded Light' - an innovative 40-metre high artwork at 8 Finsbury Circus, a new office development in the City of London designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects - and a dramatic glass staircase which is the defining feature of a private residence in Hong Kong.
James Carpenter was trained as a sculptor at the Rhode Island School of Design in the USA, working in particular in the glass-blowing studio. This craft-based background has given him a strong underpinning in material technologies and a feel for the fabrication of projects as well as a fundamental appreciation for daylight.
Luke Lowings first started working with James in 1989 having completed an MA in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in London. He’d spent some years working as an architect in London prior to the move to New York, perhaps most notably for Richard Rogers and Partners. Luke qualified as an architect in the UK in 1992, and in New York State in 2001.