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Meet the Member – Shawn Sowers

Shawn Sowers, Higher Education Practice Leader, LS3P

How do you benefit from your TCREW Membership? TCREW provides a supportive platform for its members to advance in their careers. TCREW events and committees give members valuable information and network connections which directly enhance my day-to-day responsibilities. 

What do you do at LS3P and in what circumstances would I come to you for something? LS3P is a multi-disciplinary design firm offering architecture, interiors, and planning services to a variety of clients nationwide with nearly 350 people strong across eight offices in the Southeast. As Higher Education Practice Leader, my focus is on our Higher Ed sector leadership firmwide. Come to me for Higher Education opportunities and insight and for connections to other sector leaders in the Triangle and across the Carolinas and Georgia.

What’s your go-to productivity trick? Cranking up the music. This often results in random humming, singing, and drumming (air or tabletop).

Are you an early bird or a night owlNight owl. I hit my stride no earlier than 10 am. Morning coffee is a must, but caffeine is a no-no after 2:00 pm.

What led you to this career? Architecture provides a very tangible way to support individuals and communities, and design challenges me to be a lifelong student. My career path leads me to learn about an array of subjects, professions, and technical requirements which I never imagined while in school. I’ve had the pleasure of working with so many inspiring souls and brilliant minds.

What energizes you outside of work? I’m an introvert at heart, and I give my work a lot of my energy. I recharge my batteries through quieter activities that let my mind wander freely.

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? An architect! Journalist and veterinarian were also in the running. I chose architecture, which as a profession provides a wide range of roles and responsibilities. My career path includes frequent writing, and I’ve had the pleasure of designing multiple facilities with and for veterinarians.

What book are you reading now? Fredrik Backman’s My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry

What trend do you hope makes a comeback? Hugs. I’m a hugger, and I have to focus on keeping my arms at my sides with physical distancing.

What’s your most used emoji? It’s a toss up between the smiley face with smiley eyes and the thumbs up.

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