William Carpenter, FAIA, PhD, LEED AP is the founder and president of Lightroom. He is a nationally recognized architect, educator, and author, having received the National Young Architects Citation (1997) and the National ACSA/AIAS Educator of the Year Award (2000). William was elected by his peers as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2000 and received the Ivan Allen Senior Trophy in 2010.

William received his doctorate in 2005 from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design in the United Kingdom, and holds a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Mississippi State University, where he studied under and worked for renowned architect and AIA Gold-Medalist Samuel Mockbee FAIA.

Before moving to the South for college and to begin his career, William grew up in Mattituck, New York, admiring the work of local architect Norman Jaffe FAIA, whose work is deeply rooted in its place. It was under Norman's guidance that William learned to understand and appreciate the relationship of architecture to its region and to develop a hands-on approach to design and construction. He enjoys spending time with his daughters, swimming laps, practicing his upright bass, and painting.