MAY 27, 2016

Five interns with diverse characteristics and personalities joined the Lightroom team in May: Didier Porter, Denique Lindsay, Farhaan Samnani, Joel Lee from Kennesaw State University and Shlee Cooksey from Washington University St. Louis. They are packed with passion and will be working in a flexible group setting for a series of challenging tasks. Welcome.

MAY 27, 2016

The AIA Georgia 2016 Merit Award and 2016 City of Decatur Award of Excellence were given to Lightroom for the project Paty Modern.



MAY 27, 2016

Lightroom will join the MA International Design Expo at A.D.A.C. (Atlanta Decorative Arts Centre) Friday, June 10 2016. Lightroom is looking forward to see you and show you the most exciting and innovative ideas on design. We will feature our Newnan & Winiarski projects. Please see links below for ticketing.



MAY 27, 2016

Assisted by one of our intern students Farhaan Samnani, this exciting new house project is located in Kirkwood (Atlanta) for a young couple and their two energetic young sons. Farhaan is working on bringing the concept associated with the modern idea in a historic street scape.

MAY 27, 2016

Pastor Andre was asking for one or two renderings for his cathedral`s found raising. We began with the core ideas of creating a modern experience in a church, "something revolutionary, attracting and inspiring". It contains a sanctuary of about 500 people, a fellowship or reception hall, offices, classrooms for bible studies and Sunday school or daycare, a memorial garden, a kitchen, a restaurant, and a playground.

MAY 27, 2016

Location: Italy


Programs: Sculpture Art Installation


Concepts: Combinational Projection


Lightroom has attended Venice Biennale with its sculpture for experimental projection art. Venice Biennale has a history of more than 100 years and is one of the most important art festivals in Europe. Working with Mr Bojana Ginn, Lightroom hopes to present a combination of art, technology and science and make its entry in the Venice Biennale.

MAY 27, 2016

The owner is requesting for a renovation of one existing facade to introduce a modern perspective to the current life.


Lightroom has been selected to design the renovations for an 11-story office building in downtown Decatur at 315 West Ponce de Leon Avenue. We will redesign the building skin, signage, identity and a new lobby.


Lightroom has been selected to design a new modern home in Sagamore Hills, which will recycle the wood from an 1895 barn in Milton, Georgia.


Lightroom has been selected to design a renovation and Master Bedroom Pavilion in Candler Park in Downtown Atlanta on Iverson Avenue.


Lightroom has been selected to design a new minimalist house renovation In Virginia Highland on Courtenay Avenue just off North Highland Avenue.


Lightroom has been selected to design a new house renovation and addition and landscape design for a house in Sewanee Tennessee at Monteagle. The project honors the memory of Herman Weiss a prolific artist and landscape architect.


The Leila House has a feature story in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles Magazine, read more at


William Carpenter has received the highest honor from AIA Georgia; The Bernard B. Rothschild Award, read more at


Construction has started on the Wedding Chapel in Dahlonega and on Paty Modern in Decatur. Stay tuned for details!


HERE is a fun video of Lightroom 2.0


Construction has started on the Brazil House! Here are some pictures of the Trindade Residence from our site visit this summer: href://
JULY 25, 2012

Chris Loyal (BA Arch Clemson & M Arch Georgia Tech) and James Murray (BS Arch Georgia Tech) have just completed their summer fellowship with Lightroom. Chris is off to New York and James is preparing for graduate school. We wish them all the best in their new endeavors!

May 2,2012

Lightroom has been selected to design the renovations for the well known Decatur restaurant Sun in My Belly
May 2,2012

Park Loudermilk Residence chosen for Modern Atlanta 2012
May 2,2012

Lightroom will design a new renovation for the Kelly and Nick Glass Residence located in Decatur.

May 2,2012

William Carpenter headlines in Sarasota AIA Conference

The conference theme was "craft" and William Carpenter delivered the keynote address.
May 2,2012

Lightroom completes new studio for Artistic Image at King Plow Art Center.

The new studios for Artistic Image create an insprational studio within the historic King Plow Art Center.

May 2,2012

Lightroom was architect of record working with the amazing designer Amanda Milner to design this new salon in Atlanta

May 2,2012

William Carpenter selected to design Piedmont Park Festival poster as featured artist for 2012

May 2,2012

Lightroom has been selected to design Oakhurst house for Fisher and Karen Paty:


The new four story residence and landscape design project in Decatur which will incorporate outdoor terraces and dramatic interior spaces and detail. A pool will reflect light into the first floor living space.


May 2,2012

Lightroom selected to design Wieuca Road House:


The new residence and landscape design project in Atlanta will incorporate minimalism and native materials. As a land art project it will contain the house, pool and terrace spaces and solar hot water and geothermal power.


November 9, 2011
Flycatcher website

Lightroom is designing the branding, logo and website for Flycatcher Journal - some brief introductions to this amazing project:


Through writing and visual art, Flycatcher strives to explore what it means—or what it might mean—to be native to this earth and its particular places. We live in an uprooted time—a time of fragmentation, of hurry, of dissonance—and so truly belonging to a given place might seem impractical if not impossible. Flycatcher believes that before looking to alternatives, we need to better understand what it means to truly belong to our places. We believe, furthermore, that seeking this understanding will sometimes lead to the realization that what we need is to become native rather than to turn away from the native. And we believe that in our time— insomuch as alternative can also mean “radical” or “countercultural”—seeking to become native is perhaps the most alternative thing one can do.


The great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) is a bird native to eastern North America, extending westward through the Great Plains and south to Central America—one species of many New World flycatchers found throughout the western hemisphere. As a journal of native imagination, we look to the great crested flycatcher as a kind of metaphor for the work that we are most interested in publishing.

November 9, 2011
Danals lake house

The barn is about to start construction, and we are starting the CD's ( Construction Documents ) on the house which will incorporate local granite and wood harvested from near the site.

November 9, 2011
Night of Spectacles

Lightroom is designing the branding and logo for a Night of Spectacles. Vision hits the runway in support of the Lighthouse Foundation, Georgia's foremost vision and hearing care nonprofit.


Night of Spectacles 2012 will wow guests with a juried runway show, silent auction, and celebrity doctor models from Lighthouse's partner medical providers. The annual fundraiser for the Georgia Lions Lighthouse Foundation, The Night of Spectacles raises money for thousands of uninsured Georgians who receive sightsaving eye surgeries, eye glasses and eye exams from the Lighthouse every year. While the event always features a scholarship challenge, this year will be the first in which optometrist and ophtalmologist take the stage as runway

September 13, 2011
Meet Tarald Kverneland

Tarald is in the middle of his master at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, (AHO), and has skipped across the pond to gain experience as an intern in the US. He has a background in arts, film, animation and has worked many years as a graffitti artist. Coming from close to the north-pole he is not used to the heat, but enjoying the warmth from the southern people.

August 6, 2011
Kiteboarding Website

Lightroom has completed the Kiteboarding Website!

Check it out
August 6, 2011
Wedding Chapel

Lightroom is designing a wedding chapel in Dahlonega, GA for the ebullient Kathleen Skelton! The chapel will be inspired by Wayfarers Chapel (Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright) and Thorncrown Chapel (Fay Jones).

July 5, 2011
Lightroom Brasil

Lightroom is designing a new branding strategy for Ocean Kite Point, one of the top kitesurfing companies in Brasil. We are working with the brilliant designer Rogerio Luna who taught Bill to kite surf.


Lightroom is designing a new modern resturant in Sao Luis Brasil on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. We will renovate the existing structure to include the resturant and a guest residence. We are designing the architecture, Interiors, signage, website and branding for the rustic chic project.

June 27, 2011

Lightroom is finalizing the design development on the Danals Barn in Elberton, Georgia. We have been hired to design the master plan including the main residence and the guest house.


Lightroom is working on a gate design to complete the Dominey Pavilion in Decatur, Georgia. The residence was completed in May 2006, and we have been recently asked to fabricate a gate to work with the completed design.


June 20, 2011
Meet the Interns

Caroline Bozzi- Always ready for something new, Caroline is excited to work with Lightroom’s team. Caroline grew up in New Jersey and is currently an architecture student at the University of Cincinnati but she claims that she will always be a student of design. One thing she can’t live without is chocolate.


Kelly Fehr- Kelly, a Warner-Robins native, just finished her first year as a graduate student at the Clemson School of Architecture. She enjoys pimento cheese dip, white wine, and Oreo pie.


Stefan Garcia- Stefan is a current undergraduate in the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. He created a large display for the Modern Atlanta launch party, showing many of Lightroom’s various projects and designs. Currently, he is working on submissions for the AIA Georgia design awards and a design for a new barn. Mixed into his motley collection of music you can find his favorite, Lady Gaga.


Chase Jordan- Originally from Tallahassee, FL, Chase traveled to Atlanta to study Art History recently graduated from Emory University with a degree in Art History and minors in Architectural Studies and French[fries]. He plans to stay in Atlanta for a few years to gain the architectural experience he needs before applying to graduate schools.


Ken Le- Ken is finishing up his last semester at Southern Polytechnic State University. Ken likes sushi and can’t handle margaritas. He enjoys fishing in Alabama. Prior to his work at Lightroom, Ken spent 3 years working in a woodshop helping with furniture design and construction.


Freya Schlemmer- Freya is a graduate from Emory University, where she studied Art History with minors in French in Architectural Studies. She recently finished her first year in the Masters in Architecture program at Georgia Tech. She loves cooking and inventing new recipes; pie is her current area of interest.

June 3, 2011
Lightroom at Modern Atlanta

On the evening of Tuesday, June 7, Lightroom Studio will be one of the featured exhibits at the Modern Atlanta Design is Human, among dozens of other artists, architects, designers, and students. The event is from 6:00-10:00 pm at the Two Peachtree Pointe Building, located at 1555 Peachtree Street NE in midtown. Read more about the event here

May 31, 2011
Dr. William Carpenter lectures in Taiwan

Dr. William Carpenter, FAIA, of Lightroom Studio in Decatur, GA, was invited to serve as a keynote speaker at the 6th International Conference on Planning and Design in Tainan, Taiwan. A biennial event that began in 2003, the conference serves as a platform for the sharing and presenting of current innovations in architecture, education, planning, and design. Because of his experience in a multi-disciplinary studio, Carpenter was invited to discuss his publications, architectural projects, films, and web design projects. In addition to this, he presented ideas from his upcoming book Design Build Studio, comprised of essays and examples of community based studio projects from international universities. Through discussing various case studies of successful design build programs, including the Rural Studio of Auburn University among others, Carpenter articulates how this method of teaching has connected students with the people and issues of local communities, which in turn becomes integral to the design process.

January 6, 2011

The Beals Residence has been featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution - click here to read the story.


Switch Modern has updated their site! click here to check it out.


December 8, 2010

William Carpenter was awarded the highest honor of AIA Atlanta being given the Ivan Allen Sr. Award for his contribution to the profession as an educator and practitioner. The text reads as follows: "AIA Atlanta, a Chapter of The American Institute of Architects presents this Ivan Allen Senior Trophy to William Carpenter, FAIA, Ph.D. for sustaining the highest ideals of the profession of architecture through his contributions of service to the community; for the outstanding personal qualities he exemplifies as an Architect, Educator and Mentor; for the significant impact he has had on the lives of hundreds of architects and students through his commitment and dedication to excellence as an educator and mentor; and for his contributions to the profession of architecture as a leader at the local, state, and national levels."


Dr. William Carpenter, FAIA, has been elected to the National Board of the American Institute of Architects, representing over 12,000 architects in the Southeast. The three-year term begins in January 2011. Dr. Carpenter was presented with the President’s Medal in Savannah at the AIA Georgie State Conference.


Lightroom will be responsible for the design and redevelopment of a significant city block in Historic Downtown Tucker, Georgia.


Lightroom has been selected by the Personal History Center in Lilburn, Georgia to design its new headquarters. Stay tuned for details!


We are working on a top-secret project for a residence in Gordon County, Georgia, currently in development. Located on 600 acres, and dubbed the “Bloom House,” this beautiful new residence is sure to be an attention-grabber once it’s revealed.


Lightroom has completed a new book: MULTIDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE, detailing the experiences of working in an environment devoted to creative expression through architecture, graphic design, and new media.


Lightroom has been selected by SWITCH MODERN to re-design the look and feel of their remarkable furniture and product design website. We look forward to designing their new branding and style as well as advising and working with their strategy team.


Lightroom has received the AIA Georgia 2010 Citation Design Award for the Dominey Pavillion, located in Decatur, Georgia.

August 27, 2010

Lightroom has started construction on the Park Loudermilk Residence on 329 South Mcdonough Street in Decatur—just a few steps away is artist and builder Clay Chapman’s beautiful project which is also under construction Stop by and check out the progress. This house is the first modern project in the MAK district. For more see images here.


The 125 East Trinity Office Building is complete! Check out images here.


We have been hired by Clear Progress Incorporated to design their logo, branding and strategy for this talented and creative business-consulting firm sees more here.


Lightroom has launched phase two of the Marc Galbraith; Landscape Architect project. We created the branding and strategy for Galbraith Grounds Management as well as creating his trucks, yard signs, uniforms and a web presence. See more here.


Lightroom has launched the Leadership Buckhead project—see the website here.


William Carpenter has been elected at South Atlantic Regional Director on the National AIA Board. He will represent over 9,000 architects and was elected by his peers for this prestigious position.


Lightroom has been selected by the Personal History Center in Lilburn, Georgia to design its new headquarters. Stay tuned for details.


Here is a peek at our new secret project for a new residence in Gordon County, Georgia located on 600 acres. We call it the “Bloom House.”

August 20, 2010
Laura finishes internship
Found my switch in the dark.
August 13, 2010
Meng finishes internship
I will really miss you guys.
August 13, 2010
Max finishes internship
learned to think outside the font.
August 13, 2010
Parting interns develop new summary guidelines.
When Ernest Hemingway famously wrote, "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn," he proved that an entire story can be told using a half-dozen words. This speaks directly to the essence of Lightroom: for each complex problem, a concise yet resounding solution. The parting interns at Lightroom would like to leave you with just that: six-word story to tell it all.
May 24, 2010
Ever wonder what it's like in our studio?
Come check out Lightroom Studio first hand on the Modern Atlanta Studio Crawl. On Friday June 4th , MA will be touring different architecture studios in the area, come hang out with us, play some bocce ball on our roof terrace or play with James Brown! Visit for information.
May 24, 2010
Lightroom is taking over the world, and you love it
New projects we have been working on include, the Chapman Palmer Addition, Park Loudermilk House, Gordon Country Bloom House, Personal History Center interiors project in Lilburn, and two new self published books; Design Build Studio and Multi-Disciplinary Practice. Stay tuned for updates.
May 20, 2010
New Project
For all you Lightroom fanatics out there be sure to stop by 125 Trinity Place in downtown Decatur to check out the newly branded office building done by us! Or even better check it out at night; its green glow is mesmerizing.
May 15, 2010
New Interns
Wow, we have been completely swamped with new projects and haven’t updated our news in some time. Intern Lori Fine finished her time at Lightroom and has recently moved on to work in Chicago. Interns George Faber and Derek Hardt only have a couple weeks left with the Lightroom crew. Other recent additions to the team include, Todd Ebeltoft, Max Kovtoun, and Meng Gong who will be with us for the remainder of the summer.
May 1, 2010
James Brown
James Brown got a haircut! Warning, he is now cute enough to make women and children cry.
April 14, 2010
Rachael Finishes Internship
Working at Lightroom Studios was a once in a lifetime experience that opened my eyes to the extensive possibilities of the design world. I had the opportunity to work with Bill and as well as two interns from the University of Cincinnati. The experience I gained through working on the various architecture, graphic, and web design projects is absolutely priceless. As I worked on the websites for Lightroom, re:FORM Inc, and Leadership Buckhead, I was exposed to many different aspects of the website process, from design to maintenance. This experience will benefit me for the future by giving me a more rounded view of the design process. Working on the graphic design and branding for Marc Galbraith’s new company, Galbraith Grounds Management, gave me insights and experience into graphic design that I did not have before. I learned about how many ways there are to represent a company, and how the slightest intricacies in a logo can change the overall appearance and feeling that it portrays. Having the opportunity to work on architectural design projects in their conceptual stages was extremely beneficial. The design world is about collaboration, and the setup of Lightroom is successfully representative of that need. Beginning a house addition based on a strong concept drives the design in a unique way. Also, working in a group on design allows for collaboration that can only be seen in a positive environment such as Lightroom. The multidisciplinary practice is one that cannot be duplicated. The interaction of all of the aspects of design creates and influential world that keeps everyone, clients and designers alike, engaged in their projects. The interactions I was able to have with clients, and the responsibilities I was given on a daily basis make Lightroom into an experience that I value with great respect and dignity. While someone cannot specifically motivate another person, it is the enthusiasm and love for design that makes Lightroom into the place it is today, and will continue to be!
March 24, 2010
Azmara Finishes Internship
My time at Lightroom was an eye-opening, learning experience filled with opportunities to work on projects that most interns would never have a chance to develop.  I worked with Bill and two University of Cincinnati interns on architecture and other design projects, took on large responsibilities, and sharpened my designer tool kit of skills. As I finalized construction documents for a house on South McDonough, I learned how to resolve construction details and structural components. I worked on a house addition at the initial design phase with the other interns, and through collaboration with Bill, we designed a strong complement to the existing house. Outside of architecture, I had the privilege to work on two books: Design Build Studio and Multi-disciplinary Practice. The book projects gave me the opportunity to learn about current topics in the profession, speak with leaders in the architecture industry, and capture two important movements in architecture and architectural education.  I am excited for the releases and responses to both books. The final project on which I wish I had more time to work, was a home on a 600 acre farm in Gordon County. Bill and I met Judy and Bob at their cabin in the woods and toured their grounds for a site for the new project.  The clients, the land, and the possibilities were amazing. It will be a great project! Lightroom was more than a series of projects. We learned how to work with people. Having face time with clients, contractors, and friends, I learned that much of architecture is less about architecture and more about relationships. The relationship between the Lightroom team was the most important.  Our almost daily informal meetings set the tone for the day.  The collaborative studio environment pushed design and each other.  Lightroom was a once in a lifetime opportunity!
February 16, 2010
New Interns
Lightroom has three new interns: Rachael Abramson, Azmara Asefa, and Jonathan Mosteiro, all from Cincinnati. They will be with us until the end of March and are hard at work on many different projects.
February 15, 2010
AIA Recognition
William Carpenter has been selected by the American Institute of Architects to serve as National Chairman of the prestigious Design Build Knowledge Community. The DBKC is the largest AIA Committee with over 11,000 members internationally. Carpenter is Past President of AIA Georgia and this election shows the high esteem his peers hold him in. See
February 15, 2010
Dominey Pavilion Awards
The Dominey Pavilion in Oakhurst has won two national Honor Awards; The AIA National Small Projects Practitioners Honor Award, The Custom Home Magazine Award. In Addition, the project has been selected by London's DEZEEN.COM as a feature story. DEZEEN is the foremost and most respected online magazine and blog in the world. See
February 15, 2010
New Projects
Lightroom has been selected to design two new modern residential projects located at 329 South McDonough Street and 257 Garland Avenue. Stay tuned for these exciting projects! See more at
February 15, 2010
New Website Launch
Lightroom has completed its launch of its newest project for Unique World Hotels. This project features boutique and luxury hotels worldwide and was done in collaboration with for local entrepreneur B. Fisher Paty. See
February 15, 2010
New Project with Leadership Buckhead
Lightroom has been selected by the Buckhead Business Association's Leadership Buckhead to design its strategy, branding, graphics and website. Leadership Buckhead is one of the most respected leadership programs in the country. See
February 15, 2010
New Project with Marc Galbraith
Lightroom has been selected by Modern Landscape Architect Marc Galbraith ASLA to design his marketing plan, strategy, branding and website. See
February 15, 2010
Breather Conference, 2010
Jim Venturi, "A Few Films and a Talk". Thursday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m. Agnes Scott College, Buttrick Hall, Room G-4. Jim Venturi will screen and discuss "Saving Lieb House," a recent action adventure art journey documentary on the efforts to save and relocate Venturi Scott Brown and Associates' 1969 House in Barnegat Light, NJ--the Lieb House--when it was threatened with demolition in 2009, and excerpts from "Learning from Bob and Denise," an upcoming documentary on the architecture and ideas of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
September 21, 2009
New Construction
Lightroom will start construction on the new mixed use urban projectin Tucker (an entire city block on Main Street) in January—stay tuned for images of the construction process.
September 21, 2009
Bill's New Book
William Carpenter’s new book see (William Carpenters Book) has launched and he has had numerous book signings and given lectures around the country including at the AIA National Convention in San Francisco, where he was a major speaker.
September 21, 2009
New Developments
Lightroom has been selected by to design their branding, identity and website in collaboration with SPINEN design. Lightroom has also been selected to design the branding and graphic identity for the amazing Atlanta’s A List music and literature review website see We are honored to be selected and look forward to a long collaboration with this incredible and visionary client.
September 21, 2009
New Interns
Lightroom has two new interns Chris Bartell from Cincinnati who will be here for autumn and Daniel Scott 5th yr architecture student at SPSU. They are hard at work on Lightroom 2.0 and the Ben and Allie residence.
August 29, 2009
New Interns
Autumn is near, and that means it's time for new interns. We have 3 that are coming in to help on various projects. Dustin and Yvette are currently working through the Autumn as well. We would also like to give a formal goodbye and thanks to the other great Summer interns Scott, Lizzie, and Shruti.
August 18, 2009
We have finished the design for J. Stephen Fountain's new logo! We'll add it to the web portfolio soon.
August 4, 2009
Leadership Buckhead
After being selected, Lightroom has finally started to design the identity of the Leadership Buckhead program. Everyone involved is very excited about the direction of the project! Also, Bill has been selected by Leadership Buckhead to officially be a part of this year's class!
July 31, 2009
From the Ashes
Lightroom has been commissioned to design the new 5th Earl Market Restaurant and Pub in Decatur! The building burned in late 2008 and we will design new interiors, custom furniture, renovation of the shell space and signage working with these owners who, like a phoenix, will rise from the ashes!
July 29, 2009
A Space for Healing
Lightroom has been commissioned to design a new healing temple and live work space for the gifted psychotherapist Stacie Smith to be located at the StudioPlex lofts. We will design new furniture and an elegant new interior space.
July 20, 2009
Dr. Fountain
Lightroom has been selected by Dr. J. Stephen Fountain to design the branding strategy and logotype for his medical writing collaborative.
July 15, 2009
Lightroom Welcomes Two More Fellows
Welcome to the newest members of the Lightroom team! Yvette Lapura (5th year, SPSU) and Shruti Parekh (4th year, Brown) will be with us for the remainder of the summer. Yvette is helping with various architecture projects including the new Lightroom building, and Shruti is taking the helm of our Village Vets documentary, 217.
July 10, 2009
Leadership and Design
We are proud to announce that Lightroom has been selected to design a website and extensive print/identity package for the Buckhead Business Association's Leadership Institute. The BBA is comprised of individuals at the forefront of business and community action throughout Atlanta, and their Leadership Institute is a terrific program helping to develop Atlanta's leaders.
June 8, 2009
Ready. Set. Apply.
Applications for Lightroom Fellowships in the Fall and Spring are now open. If you are creative (we heard you are) we can't wait to read your application. The deadline to apply for this Fall is July 31, so apply today.
June 5, 2009
Third Fellow
With Maria gone for the summer and several exciting new projects coming in, Lightroom has selected a third summer fellow- Lizzie Marrin (4th year, University of Virginia). Lizzie will be helping with a variety of new architecture projects, as well as the new portfolio book, and LightroomTV. We are happy to have her, and look forward to seeing what she can do.
May 20, 2009
Phase One: Lustron
Lightroom has completed phase one of the Decatur Lustron project including an outdoor pavilion and exterior landscape project.
May 18, 2009
Residence for a King
Anthony King has selected Lightroom to design his new modern residence in Midtown, Atlanta. We will design custom furniture, light fixtures, interiors, architecture and landscape in an exciting collaboration with the owner.
May 15, 2009
Green River, Utah
Maria Sykes will be spending the summer in Green River, Utah. There she will be working with other Auburn Alumni (and maybe Marlon Blackwell?) on a community center, outdoor movie theatre, and a dance hall. She will continue to work at Lightroom remotely and will return full-time in mid-August. Send her care packages since she'll be in the desert of Utah!!!
May 11, 2009
Summer Fellows
After much deliberation, Lightroom chose two summer fellows- Dustin Willis (5th year, SPSU student) and Scott Berger (4th year, Tulane student). As interns, Dustin and Scott will be working on the Lightroom 2.0 building, three new residential projects, the Unique World Hotels website, a new portfolio book for Lightroom, and videos for LightroomTV. We are thrilled to have them here and can't wait to see what they're capable of designing.
May 01, 2009
New Residential Complex Project
Lightroom has been selected to design a new complex of buildings for the musician Coby Cash and his wife, well-known photographer Mali Azima in Grant Park, Atlanta. The program will include a new photography studio, a new music studio, and a new modern residence. The complex will be constructed around a one hundred year old water oak tree.
April 30, 2009
Alan Messer
Lightroom has been selected by Alan Messer, photographer, to produce a documentary on the his work including photographs of David Bowie, Johnny Cash, the Rolling Stones, and Lucinda Williams.
April 15, 2009
We Fight Fraud With Design
Lightroom has been selected after a rigorous search to be the designer for a new advertising campaign for the Consumer Federation of America in Washington, DC. We will design e-cards, websites and graphic design pieces all in order to combat Internet fraud in line with the extremely successful campaign.
April 02, 2009
217 Film
Lightroom is completing it's first feature film titled "217" documenting it's design and the urban impact of the Village Vets of Decatur project.
April 01, 2009
Phase Two: Fakechecks
The United States Postal Service has selected High Noon Film in collaboration with Lightroom for the second phase of the project. We were selected after a national search and will design interactive campaigns in French, Spanish and English.
March 20, 2009
ReForm Launched
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Reform website, designed and built by Lightroom! Working with Stacie and Erin was truly a pleasure, they are are so positive, trusting of Lightroom, and enthusiastic. 'I cannot tell you how thrilled we are with the new website. It is everything we wanted: very slick, but with a sense of humor. Thank you for your vision and ideas. I have sent an email to Mario thanking him - I hope he knows how thrilled we are!' --Stacie Monroe
March 03, 2009
Village Vets + Lightroom Recognized
The Village Vets and Lightroom have been awarded with an Award of Excellence City from the Decatur Preservation Alliance.
February 24, 2009
Dominey Residence Wins National AIA Award
Dominey Pavilion has been chosen to receive an Honor award in the Objects category in the 2009 Small Projects Award Program. Lightroom will be recognized during the Best Practices in Small Project Design session, which will be held during the 2009 AIA National Convention in San Francisco. The AIA received more than 100 outstanding projects, and the jury had a very challenging time making their final selections. The selected projects represent an outstanding collection of small project design. Images of the Dominey Pavlion will be shown at Small Project Practitioners events at the AIA Convention, including a formal display of the winning projects in the exhibit hall.
February 19, 2009
Modern Sustainable Residential Design
William Carpenter's new book will be coming out next month. Go to Amazon now to reserve your copy!!! This book offers lessons for architects and interior designers who want to conceptualize and implement sustainable design strategies in Modern residential design. Recognized architect and educator William J. Carpenter offers solutions for incorporating sustainable aspect into a home design from conceptualization to implementation. Examples feature some of the best Modern sustainable residential projects from the U.S. and abroad.
February 09, 2009
Galbraith Design Studios Launched
We have launched the elegant new website for Marc Galbraith ASLA which emphasizes his thoughtful and modern aesthetic and approach to design and landscape architecture. We have also completed his identity package including logo, style guide, stationary, business and note cards and consultation on the interiors of his new offices in Buckhead. Marc is the dream Lightroom client!
February 04, 2009
Dominey Wins CDHA Award
The 15th annual CUSTOM HOME Design Awards received 513 entries in nine categories. Just 24 projects were singled out for accolades. The Dominey Pavilion won a Merit award in the category outdoor spaces. Full coverage of the winning projects will appear in an upcoming issue of CUSTOM HOME and at the Custom Home Online website.
January 20, 2009
Even Slovenia loves Lightroom
Sanda Velic hired Lightroom to rebrand her company, cleverly named S&A (S-and-A = Sanda, get it?). Specifically, she wanted business cards similar to ours. And, really, who would not? Working closely with our favorite printer, we took this opportunity to perfect the card and provide Sanda with a version that even we envy. These cards are exciting because they require the recipient's interaction to activate the card's information. The original idea was that at first it appears blank, then, by holding to the light, the info that is printed on the interior of the card is revealed. We also provided Sanda with an identity package in digital form, so we could simply email it to her and print in Slovenia. We are all about saving our clients money (and energy) here at Lightroom!
January 01, 2009
Sambo Shirt in the Works
A while back, Standard Deluxe approached Bill Carpenter about designing a Sambo (Samuel Mockebee- founder of The Rural Studio) shirt. Today, we finally had some spare time and help to make it happen! Christian Ayala (designer/architect/friend of Maria) came in town for a day. The designs he came up with are very exciting and very "Rural Studio." We can't wait to show you the final product and for Standard Deluxe to print the shirts! We're also working on a few Norman Jaffe shirt, oh my!!! Stay tuned...
December 01, 2008
Make Me a Home!
Lightroom entered the Make Me A Home competition! A 23 hectare site with over a mile of south facing riverside frontage along the River Tees, immediately adjacent to the eastern edge of Stockton-on-Tees town centre. The Northshore Development Partnership Ltd (aka Urban Splash and Muse Developments) is working closely with Tees Valley Regeneration and English Partnerships to create homes, offices, shops, hotels, bars, restaurants, cafes, leisure facilities and a new extension of Durham University's Queens Campus, all tied together with lots of lovely public space. They've got the Masterplan, beautifully crafted by Ryder Architects and Grant Associates, and now they need us to bring our own little piece of magic to the plans. We're going to our mark. We're going to make a home sweet home.
October 28, 2008
Lightroom does Lyric
The Lyric Oxford is a new music venue in an existing historic silent film theater on the square in Oxford Mississippi-- we collaborated with Matt Christiosi and went for a torn ticket theme evocative of 1950's torn concert tickets and vintage posters.
October 26, 2008
Tony Staffiero hired as Lightroom consultant
Tony will be helping with web design and technical assistance.
October 28, 2008
Lightroom published in Print Magazine
Our Christmas card was a gift we made for our clients-- We made it out of Cherrywood and collaborated with the brilliant ThingFarm to digitally fabricate them. It becomes a christmas tree ornament-- but we like to look at them all year. Everyday is Christmas at Lightroom.
October 16, 2008
William J. Carpenter, PH.D., FAIA Published
Bill Carpenter has been featured in the book Becoming an Architect, a guide for those considering a career in architecture. The book can be purchased here at
October 15, 2008
Tucker, GA
Lightroom has been selected by Oakhurst Capital Partners to design a mixed use project to energize the city of Tucker, Georgia. The phased project encompasses an entire city block and contains restaurants, offices and retail uses.
October 06, 2008
Marc Galbraith
Landscape architect Marc Galbraith has hired Lightroom to create the branding and strategy for his modern landscape architecture company. We are excited to create his website, graphic design work, portfolio book and viral films for this amazing designer.
September 16, 2008
Maria Sykes hired as Lightroom Intern
Sykes a recent graduate of Auburn University School of Architecture joins the Lightroom team.
August 1, 2008
Lightroom Summer Fellows Fly Away

Daryn Shapurji(Purdue; Visual Communication Design), Adam Sauer(Ga. Tech.; MARCH), and Dana Ryan(SPSU; BARCH), have wrapped up their summer fellowship with lightroom. All of them have amazing talent in their field of study, and showed it through their outstanding work. They have set the bar high for the next interns. We will be looking for some new talent for the Spring Semester(09) and for next summer(09). See our contact page for the application. The deadline for the Spring Fellowship is November 15th, 2008 and the deadline for the Summer Fellowship is February 15, 2009. We have worked with schools to offer academic credit and IDP credit as well. Filmmakers, graphic artists, architects.


"I am a twenty one year old designer from Purdue University. I will heading into my Senior year with the intention of getting a Bachelors in Visual Communication Design. I started the Lightroom Fellowship on May 19th and ended August 1st. In that time span I did a whole bunch of broad design work. Bill plunged me right into big time design, that students very rarely get a chance to touch, let alone control. I started out rebranding and website designing a local Decatur, Georgia company. I had my first client meeting two weeks into the fellowship. I convinced them on the rebrand, and website layout that day. They enjoyed the new look so much that they asked Lightroom and I to come up with a three foot by twelve foot building sign, and yard signage. I remade the Lightroom Portfolio book. I turned it from a 50 page book into a 105 page colorful book with a new scheme, layout, images, and text. I also committed myself to seeing it through the publishing and printing process with Bill gave me the opportunity to make his new business card as well as Lightrooms. I went on to design the Lightroom t-shirt which can be seen in the "lightroom business cards" section under Print Media. Bill likes to keep you on your toes with new fun ideas. So throughout the summer when I could squeak in some time, I made a Lightroom Myspace page, Lightroom Portfolio Powerpoint, as well as my very own individual typeface. Towards the latter end of the summer, Stability Engineering came to Lightroom with the need of a new refreshing trifold brochure. I worked very closely with my client to give him something individualistic, creative, but still projected their statement and company philosophy. I convinced Stability Engineering on a horizontal trifold brochure with large images and minimal text. Bill recently finished one of his biggest projects, The Village Vets, which is just a few doors down from Lightroom Studio. Throughout the summer, Lightroom Studio and I have worked on a movie, "217", which goes into length about the process, idea, and people behind The Village Vets construction. I helped film, direct, and "story board" out how this film should flow and move. Lastly, I designed two movie posters for the film "You're Rejected". It is a low budget film about one man's struggle between the different types of relationships that are accepted by him and society. Both movie posters are drastically different design but try to communicate the same message to the audience. Not only did I learn a lot about design and programs, but people and the long process it takes to complete a project through the end. This fellowship has really helped me see the business and production side of design. The free will that Bill gives you on projects and ideas is priceless. He is very open to new ideas, and thoughts that could at times be considered "way out there" only to find out it being the best idea." Daryn


"My summer began with Bill handing me a set of sketch drawings for a house located in Oakhurst and telling me to “run with it.” At first this task seemed incredible daunting and impossible however after a few pin-ups and discussions I quickly realized that this collaborative environment is what makes Lightroom Studio such a special design firm. Since taking the Oakhurst House from schematic design to construction drawings I have learned a tremendous amount about design and the process of taking an idea to something tangible. I have since worked on several other projects, including an addition to a 1950’s pre-fab Lustron House, an extension to the Lightroom Studio here in Decatur, and I put together 5 Lightroom projects for submission to the 2008 AIA Georgia Design Awards. As Bill said to me this morning, each one of the projects I worked on this summer, will in fact be built and that is something that not many interns can say after a summer of work. The sketches and diagrams I created over the summer in my sketch book are a tribute to constantly enveloping studio environment of the Lightroom. This summer felt much like an extension of school, in that I wasn’t as much given tasks to complete, more importantly I was given design problems to solve. In addition to architectural projects, I worked on the development of a film documenting the process of building The Village Vets, which is a Veterinary Clinic in Decatur, Ga Lightroom designed, that is located just up the street from the Lightroom Studio. Additionally, I completed a checklist for certificate of occupancy at the Village Vets and went to a construction site to see the progress of the Hall Residence, where I got to witness first hand the interaction of the architect, client, and builder. A very complex group of people all working to accomplish a single goal, COMPLETION!!! All in all this summer has been incredibly fulfilling and I’m leaving with an extreme since of accomplisment of what I have achieved this summer. I have learned so much and I can only thank Bill and Lightroom for giving me this exceptional opportunity." Adam


I have thoroughly enjoyed my time interning at Lightroom Studio. I had the pleasure working side by side with two other interns, while simultaneously working on my own projects. I benefited from having an additional architecture intern to work alongside with and to collaborate with on ideas; I also learned a great deal from the graphic design intern, who opened my eyes to a different way of designing. Of all of the projects I worked on this summer the book publication was the focus of the majority of my summer’s work. The Sustainable Modern House is now with the publisher, and I anxiously await its release in spring 2009. The book has exposed me to many aspects of sustainable, modern residential architecture. I enjoyed reading through all the case studies that support the book’s text; I was inspired by many of these projects and will incorporate ideas I have learned into my own design work. In working on this project I was responsible for organizing all of the chapter text, arranging all of the case studies, following up with all contributing authors and architecture firms to obtain images that met the publication requirements, making sure all images and drawings were accompanied by an appropriate permission release, the art log and permissions excel files that document every image. The most challenging aspect of the book’s process was writing most of the 350 or so image captions; in order to write thorough, intellectual captions I had to learn as much about each project as I possibly could. The other main project I was involved in was the design development of the Waldron Residence. The renovation project taught to work with existing building conditions, an aspect not often taught in a studio setting. For this project I was required to visit the home and observe and measure the existing conditions. Based on these measurements I drew in AutoCad and SketchUp the home as it currently exists, and the new designs that I helped to develop. Learning what it is like to design when working with a budget was another new aspect of design that I have had little previous experience with. There were other smaller projects that I also worked on while I completing the other larger projects. I drew a new SketchUp model for an already completed project, the Beal’s Residence. The model consists of a massing of the home and its exterior surroundings. I worked with the other architectural intern on completing the first floor and second floor punch list for Village Vets prior to its opening. Perhaps the most pleasurable project was designing my own chair. As of now the chair only exists as hand sketches and a SketchUp model, but I look forward to building a physical model of it. The chair incorporates a built in table with an ottoman that tucks beneath. The ottoman can be used for both additional seating and storage space. Thank you for exposing me to many different functions of a modern architecture design studio. It has reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in modern architecture upon graduating from school; I have also realized that residential architecture can be fun and challenging! Dana

August 01, 2008
LoftLife Sheds Some Light On Lightroom
A new modern design magazine / web blog, "LoftLife" which focuses on loft design and art interviewed Lightroom and Bill on his philosophy and design style. Check out the blog here.
August 01, 2008
Lightroom and Vennilla at Cannes: Recipient of a jury prize for short films
Lightroom collaborated on a short film titled "A Pizza Story" with Vennilla films and the film was selected for screening at the Festival du Cannes and it received a jury prize.
July 23, 2008
Lightroom does Lustron
Lightroom has been selected to design a new guesthouse for the very rare Decatur Lustron featured in the museum of Modern Art Home delivery exhibition. The house is located on Drexel avenue less than a mile from our studio Lustron.