Ken Carpenter, professor of architecture and former dean of the College of Art & Design, retired in May 2013 after 27 years of service at LSU. Carpenter received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and his Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. From 1963–66, he worked as an architect at various firms in New York City. In 1967 he began his teaching career as an assistant professor at Clemson University, where he was promoted to associate professor in 1971. In 1977 he moved to Ball State University, where he was chair of the architecture department and a professor of architecture before he moved on to Iowa State University to do the same in 1981. Carpenter came to LSU in 1986 as dean of the college and a professor of architecture. He served as dean for 11 years before returning to teaching. Carpenter served twice as interim executive director of international programs and returned as interim dean in 2001–02 and 2010–12.
Carpenter continues to pursue his photography work/hobby, and he travels and plays golf. He spends three to four months each summer at his home in Harbor Springs, Michigan.