Renowned American James Carpenter Selected as Lead Artist for San Diego Airport’s New Terminal 1

Carpenter and James Carpenter Design Associates will be an integral member of the Board-approved design-build team, which includes Turner-Flatiron and Gensler. This unusual and groundbreaking collaboration is the first of its kind for the San Diego Airport Authority. Usually, artists are commissioned to design original works of art inside and outside the building. Conversely, Carpenter and team have been charged with developing a design for the building itself, focusing on the south façade.

“Carpenter has said that “designing buildings is not the normal terrain for a sculptor, but sculpture does something that architecture often doesn’t and that is to engage the phenomenological qualities of its environment.”

~ James Carpenter

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