Class of 2022 Results: Cayla Lowrey Launches Interior Design Career


CJMW Architecture

HPU graduates go on to prestigious career paths around the world in Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate programs and many other esteemed organizations through their journey at HPU. Here’s a look at an extraordinary graduate from the Class of 2022:

Last name: Cayla Lowrey

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Major: Interior design with a minor entrepreneurship

Post-graduation projects: Lowrey works as an interior designer at CJMW Architecture in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In her role, she works closely with clients and goes on-site to see the advancement of the design vision come to life.

How HPU helped you get there: “I took a Professional Business Practices course in the spring semester of my senior year, taught by Gary Inman, Assistant Professor of Interior Design, which helped me get to where I am now. In As part of this course, we participated in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Portfolio Review This event gave me and my classmates the opportunity to meet local professionals in design and to get feedback on the portfolios we were planning to submit for applications. At the event, I met Paige Bischler, designer at CJMW, who was able to pass on my information to the company. This experience led me to land my current position with CJMW and I couldn’t be more grateful.From studio tuition to just general support, I wouldn’t be where I am today without my design teachers from interior.

Most Impactful Mentor at HPU: “My homeroom teacher, Cathy Nowicki, was one of the most influential teachers I had at HPU. She got to know each of her students personally and supported us not only in our design endeavors, but also in our personal lives. In addition to her, the whole interior design department taught me a lot during my four years at HPU. Professors Kathryn Brandt, Jane Nichols, John Linn, Brandon Jones and Gary Inman have all had an immense impact not only on my professional skills, but on my life in general. All of these teachers pushed me and my work to a level that I never thought I could reach. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

Most memorable moment at HPU: “My most memorable moments at HPU have all taken place at Norton Hall. From meeting my best friend on our first day of freshman class to submitting my latest project for my senior class. The fact that my young brother joining the HPU family as a freshman when I was a senior was another highlight I loved seeing HPU through his eyes and showing him the campus and seeing him fall in love with this place just like me .

How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “There’s something so inspiring about being surrounded by mentors and classmates who support you and want to see you succeed. When you have a project-based major, constructive criticism is something you encounter frequently. The respect my classmates and I had for each other made this criticism much easier to accept. We all knew that the reviews we gave were honest and intended to advance our work. We were not competing but rather encouraging each other. Being part of this environment, where everyone really had the same passion for design as me, made me want to do better.

What life skills did HPU help you develop that set you up for long-term success? “As an interior design specialist at HPU, I had to quickly learn the importance of time management. I can already see how this skill set me up for success in the design world. Just like at school, this industry is changing rapidly and you need to figure out how to use your time for the best of the company and the customer.

What are the values ​​and virtues that the HPU campus has helped you develop and that you will take with you after graduation? “The concept of a university of God, family and country is one of the many qualities that drew me to HPU. There, I saw what those words really meant to the HPU community and how they shaped us to be the people we would become after graduation. I will carry these values ​​of God, family and country with me long after graduation.

Hints for subclasses: “Get involved and try new things, but above all, give yourself the grace. I’m a big believer in the idea that everyone has a passion and purpose for something, it’s just a matter of finding what it is. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to have it all figured out by now. Enjoy the happy times with your friends, these are the memories that stay with you. »

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