Founder of Architectural Concrete Interiors (ACI), Cody Carpenter poses a triple threat. His expertise in artistry, designing and steel fabrication has led him to be named CHENG Concrete Exchange’s 8th Annual Best of Show winner.
“He has been a true inspiration for much of my work,” Carpenter says.
Born and bred in Phoenix, Carpenter has been involved in all aspects of construction. With a father in the concrete curb business and mother who owned rental homes, Carpenter was exposed to repairs, painting and roofing at an early age.
“At a young age, my mom took notice of my creative side and did what she could to expose me to both architecture and art,” Carpenter says. “ I have to give her credit for helping me get where I am today.”
After taking classes from his mentor, Fu Tung Cheng, Carpenter received the confidence to build up his own business, ACI; and it paid off. Carpenter’s main goal for ACI is to focus on quality versus quantity.
“Every time I leave a job, I want to leave my client happy and give them the knowledge of the beauty of the material and show them how we can step out of a restrictive design box,” Carpenter says.
But Carpenter doesn’t limit himself to residential work; his completed commercial projects include Eddie V’s in Scottsdale, Paul Martin’s Bistro in California and his award-winning Timo Wine Bar in Phoenix.
“After each job, I would invest in one more concrete tool,” Carpenter says. “I have now gained the confidence and know-how to create anything my imagination can conjure up. I approach my designs with both a timeless and innovative quality of mind.”
Carpenter adds that what sets him apart is his versatility, diversity and experience in many trades.
“I live and breathe new ideas,” Carpenter says. “I plan on expanding my creativity back into some sculptures made of concrete and steel — my two favorite materials.”
Carpenter plans on expanding his business in the Valley and furthering his vision.
“I will do my best to change this city for the better, one house at a time,” Carpenter says.