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90_20 Interior Architecture /Design Anniversary Celebration Alumni Profiles

In anticipation of the 90_20 Interior Architecture / Interior Design anniversary celebration in 2017, StudioAPLA and the CADC website will be featuring several College of Architecture, Design and Construction Interior Design and Interior Architecture alumni and their remarkable accomplishments. The 90_20 Interior Architecture / Interior Design Anniversary Celebration Alumni Profile series is pleased to present a profiles of Elizabeth Lowrey ’83 (Bachelor of Architecture/major: Interior Design), Daniel Wicke ’07 (Bachelor of Architecture/Interior Architecture) and Holley Henderson, LEED Fellow ’94 (Bachelor of Architecture/Interior Architecture).

When Howard Elkus and David Manfredi founded Elkus Manfredi Architects in 1988, the first employee they hired was Elizabeth Lowrey to develop and oversee the firm’s interior design practice. In 1996, she became Director of Interior Architecture and a Principal of the firm in 2002. The firm now totals 330 professionals working internationally, and the size of the Interior Architecture practice is ranked Number 63 by Interior Design magazine. 

Elizabeth currently oversees hospitality, retail, and corporate design projects for international clients including Walt Disney Imagineering, Caesars Entertainment, Fidelity Investments, as well as academic work for Harvard, MIT, Boston University, and other higher education clients; residential development projects in cities across the U.S., and institutional interiors projects. Boutique Design magazine identifies Elizabeth as a "maverick" and "silo buster" for her industry-crossing approach to design diversity and her pioneering work in the design of branded workplace environments that enhance firm culture and organizational performance.

She is a recipient of the Corenet Service Provider award and the Collaborating Professional award from CREW, the country’s leading professional organization promoting the advancement of women within the commercial real estate industry. Elizabeth is a member of the editorial advisory board for Contract magazine and is a frequently invited speaker at design and architecture forums as well as academic institutions.

She is actively involved with a number of philanthropic committees including the United Way. In January 2015, Elizabeth was invited to join the Interior Design Committee of the Winter Antiques Show at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Invited to participate again in 2016, Elizabeth, alongside David Rockwell, Alexa Hampton, Nate Berkus, Thomas O'Brien, Alessandra Branca and others, supported the Young Collectors Evening to benefit the East Side House Settlement.

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Danny holds a Bachelors of Architecture and Bachelors of Interior Architecture from Auburn University. During his studies, Danny spent a semester abroad in Rome, interned with Shui On Land in Shanghai, PRC and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in New York; and was a part of Auburn’s Rural Studio Thesis Program. As a student at Rural Studio, Danny designed and built the Boys & Girls Club of Akron, recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as “One of the World’s Most Beautiful Buildings.” Upon completing his project, Danny was brought on as part of Rural Studio’s faculty as the Outreach / Thesis Instructor and Director’s Assistant. 

Building from his background at the Rural Studio, Danny’s interests are rooted in process and engagement. From photography, letterpress printing, and the restoration of a 1963 Volkswagen bug, he is enlivened through the act of creating, making, and the opportunity to share his enthusiasm with others. He continues to pursue socially oriented projects, and in addition to  volunteering design service and he serves on the advisory board for ART WORKS Projects, whose mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness around human rights issues.

Since joining Wheeler Kearns in 2011, Danny has worked on numerous projects that have focused on the public realm. Most notably, he served as Project Architect for the award winning Intrinsic School, transforming a shuttered lumberyard structure into Chicago’s first school designed specifically for Blended Learning. The project reinvented the classroom for a 21st-century revolutionary teaching model, and now serves as a national precedent for blended learning environments. The project has received many awards including the 2015 Association for Learning Environments Lee J. Brockway Award for Renovation Award, the 2015 AIA Illinois Honor Award – Frank Lloyd Wright Award for Renovation, the 2015 BD+C Reconstruction Award, and was a finalist for the global World Architecture News Education Awards.

Danny has also completed an office space for tech startup Dscout and several cafes for Intelligentsia Coffee in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Currently, Danny is serving as Project Architect for Intrinsic School’s second campus, the Lakeview Food Pantry, and the conversion of a former Kraft cheese plant into a new space for contemporary art for the Crystal Bridges Museum of Modern Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. Danny’s work at Wheeler Kearns has been published in Architectural Record, ArchDaily, EdWeek, and featured as the project of the day on Architizer. He is part of AIA Chicago’s distinguished Bridge mentorship program and is working towards becoming a licensed architect.

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Holley is known as the “common sense environmentalist”—making sustainable choices make sense for businesses. She is author of the book Becoming a Green Building Professional. A frequent speaker on sustainable design issues, Holley has presented for many groups including conferences, numerous professional associations, academic institutions, and corporate audiences. 

H2 Ecodesign grew out of Holley's passion for the sustainable consulting field. Before founding H2 Ecodesign, Holley was with tvsdesign for ten years and later served as Interface Carpet’s Director of Creative Design. Her work in these places provided her with a unique perspective into the needs of owners, manufacturers, and design firms relative to sustainability. Holley brings a wealth of experience with sustainability and the LEED certification process.

Holley, a LEED Fellow, has led several “firsts,” including the first LEED-CI project in the U.S. (Platinum Level) and China (Gold Level), as well as, the first LEED project in Thailand. Most recently, H2 Ecodesign completed a more than two-million-square-foot LEED-CS (Platinum Level) project for the largest energy provider in Thailand. Recently, Wells Fargo and Contract Magazine engaged Holley as part of their respective External Advisory Boards.

Holley lives in Birmingham, Alabama with her dog Winston. She is a vegetarian with a weakness for bacon—smells like home.

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