Design Museum Foundation is proud to congratulate Elizabeth Lowrey, Design Museum Board Member and Principal and Director of Interior Design at Elkus Manfredi Architects, for the honorary degree she received from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design last month. Selected in recognition of her contributions to architecture and design, Lowrey accepted the degree on May 7th, after she delivered commencement remarks to the MassArt Class of 2019.
Lowrey’s commencement address focused on the importance of design thinking in all aspects of the modern professional world. She encouraged the graduates to be brave in their pursuit of jobs in a wide range of fields, even those that might not outwardly appear to need designers. She also advised them to build interpersonal networks in their professional lives, saying, “Most jobs are still found by referrals and connections, so talk to everyone and anyone that interests, intrigues, or inspires you”. Within the address, which Lowrey titled “Be Brave, Be Grateful”, she described a series of methods by which new designers can find a path in the field. Her explanations further emphasized the importance of curiosity, engagement, and proactive networking for designers trying to find jobs. She also referenced her own experiences with the study and professional application of design in a practical context – discussing the impact of her decision to study interior design, she said, “I learned what an impact the marriage of art and design can make.”
At Elkus Manfredi Architects, Lowrey has worked with household-name organizations ranging from Walt Disney Imagineering to New Balance to Citizens Bank. She has worked in interior design at Elkus Manfredi since the company’s inception in 1988, when she was the first employee hired by the two co-founders. Recently, she has worked on a new headquarters for Draper Laboratory in Boston, and the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center complex in New Jersey.