Tei Carpenter is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she teaches design studios. She is founder and principal of New York-based architecture and design studio Agency—Agency, LLC. The studio recently completed an apartment renovation in Brooklyn and is currently working on a 20,000 sf ground-up headquarters building for non-profit Big Brother Big Sisters in downtown Houston set to break ground in spring 2016.
Tei received her M.Arch degree from Princeton University, where she was awarded the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship in Architecture. Previously, she received her B.A. in Philosophy from Brown University. Prior to founding her own practice, she worked in the offices of Toshiko Mori Architect and Steven Holl Architects in New York, as well as Shigeru Ban Architects in Tokyo. Tei was previously the Wortham Visiting Lecturer at Rice University and has also taught at Brown University. Her current research investigates the ambiguous line between the natural and artificial, as well as misusing optimized formulas and standards in architecture to new spatial and aesthetic ends, focusing on issues of the typical and generic. Her design work and writing have appeared in Artforum, Cite, and Pidgin.