C.P. Drewett: Architect, Renaissance Man, Wanna-Be-Chef

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[A note from the author – Elizabeth Drewett:  Because I know him best, I thought it appropriate that I write his biography from my perspective. So here we go.]

Architecture was his destiny.

As the son of a Naval Aviator with a degree in mathematics whose hobby was woodworking, C.P.’s entire life prepared him for a career in architecture. Spending hour upon hour with his dad on DIY home projects, C.P. learned how to build, with a mathematician’s precision, every facet of a home.

While he shares his father’s love for mathematics and physics (C.P. tutored students throughout college), those skills lie in the shadow of his extroverted personality. If you’ve met him, you know what I’m talking about. He’s the funniest person ever. And he’s got the people-skills of his mother’s family…the Mercer family. Extroverts. All of them. And the most fun family to be around. Always the life of the party!

He applied for and was granted admission to the LSU School of Art + Design’s Architecture program, and the journey began.

C.P., at age 17, made his first priority service to his country, enlisting in the Louisiana Army National Guard. Following Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and Engineering School at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, C.P. returned to Louisiana to become a student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, his entire education funded by the LA Army National Guard.

In 1989, C.P. was named the LA National Guard’s Soldier of the Year. This honor was followed by another when he was the only LA National Guardsman selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, GA. He went on to serve as platoon leader, commanding units engaged in construction of buildings, roads, and bridges. At a young age, he gained vast experience in construction and engineering through his military service.

As a freshman at LSU, he applied for and was granted admission to the LSU School of Art + Design’s Architecture program, and the journey began. In 1993, he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Upon graduation, C.P. moved to Phoenix, Arizona to begin his career in architecture.

C.P. launched DrewettWorks in 2001 and has amassed a vast portfolio focusing on luxury residential, restaurants, and boutique commercial spaces. His work has been published in magazines such as The Robb Report, Phoenix Home & Garden, AZ Foothills Magazine, Western Interiors, and Luxe Magazine to name a few.

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Elizabeth, Langdon, CP, and Reagan Drewett circa 2008

 

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Three Generations of Drewett Men: C.P., Pat, and Langdon

 

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CP with his best girl, Reagan

 

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Elizabeth and C.P. on Lopez Island visiting long-time friends Steven and Robyn Brenden.

The Renaissance Man

A Renaissance man is defined as “a man who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences.” This perfectly describes my husband. He is that one guy that you know that simply defies any label. Here are some Little Known Facts About C.P. Drewett that will confirm, once and for all, that the one label that fits is “Renaissance Man.”

  • C.P., were he not an architect, would be a chef. All the men in his family are amazing cooks. In fact, C.P. won an Iron Chef-styled battle with the chef at Squire Creek Country Club in Choudrant, Louisiana. The secret ingredient was strawberries.
  • In the spring of 2010, C.P. checked “completing a Triathalon” off of his bucket list.
  • C.P. enjoys duck hunting, putting to good use his expert marksmanship skills (he was always the best shot in his platoon). Duck hunting is followed by a delicious dinner including bacon-wrapped duck breast and duck l’orange. We always eat what he kills. 🙂
  • C.P. is an accomplished vocalist with a 3-octave range encompassing Tenor I all the way down to Baritone. We both sing in the Sanctuary Choir and Camelback Singers at Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, AZ. His favorite work is “Gloria” by John Rutter. He enjoys singing anything from spirituals to Bach Cantatas. He was an award-winning soloist and held the lead in two high school productions.
  • He can name any tune in about 5 seconds. He’s a real-life Shazam app (all you techies will understand what that means).
  • He has the hearing of a dog. No, I’m not joking. His hearing is so super-sensitive that he hears things normal human beings do not hear. This has even been verified by a hearing test.
  • He also has an extremely heightened sense of smell. He can smell food and identify every ingredient. This is what makes him a great chef. This is not a good trait to have on certain occasions. Take, for example, dog poop on the bottom of a shoe. There is no way to erase every trace so that he can’t smell it. Just throw those shoes away.
  • C.P. ended his career with the National Guard in 1999 following the birth of our son, Langdon. He served his country for 14 years and earned the rank of Captain.
  • Being left-handed runs in every generation of his mother’s family. His Uncle Mike is a lefty, CP is a lefty, and our daughter Reagan is a lefty. All three are very artistic and creative!
  • The most rewarding building project of his career was an orphanage in Uganda which he helped build, during a mission trip, with his own hands. He left his Bible and his boots with a Ugandan man who wept at the generosity of the gift.
  • In August of 2001, C.P. and my father participated in the third living-donor liver transplant in the history of Mayo Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. C.P., miraculously, was a perfect match with my father, from type-of-blood down to circumference of veins and arteries entering and exiting the liver. The transplant was truly a gift of life for my father, extending his life two more years. 80% of C.P.’s liver (the right lobe) was transplanted into my father. C.P.’s remaining liver (left lobe) regrew to full size within 4 to 6 weeks.
  • C.P. and I have spent the last 27 years together and will celebrate 22 years of marriage in January 2016. We have two children: a son, Langdon (age 16) and a daughter, Reagan (age 10).

Business Man & Project Advocate

First and foremost, C.P. is an engaging leader. With the discipline of his military background as the driving force for get-it-done effectiveness, he manages his projects and his team at Drewett Works with precision. While his engaging personality, Southern charm, and sense of humor are the hallmarks of his client interaction, his expertise in construction, engineering, and craftsmanship are the hallmarks of his interaction with those in the industry.

His problem-solving skill set makes him a favorite with contractors and sub-contractors alike. His devotion to the welfare of his client’s project not only protects their investment, but also ensures that excellence is demonstrated in every facet of construction. He works collaboratively, empowering his team to achieve a final project that frequently earns publication.

I’ll be honest with you…he’s not perfect. And neither are you. And neither am I. But he is the most creative (way-outside-the-box-creative) person I’ve ever met who knows more stuff about more stuff than anyone I’ve ever known (he will kill you at Trivial Pursuit). He really cares about people, how they live, and the quality of their lives. And that is what fuels his design. He wants to make life better through design, creating inspirational spaces where we can live, love, and create.

Written with great affection…and a few giggles,

Elizabeth Haynes Drewett

C.P. Drewett, Maker of Deliciousness

Eggs Benedict Drewett Style | Christmas morning 2013

 

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C.P. Drewett, Iron Chef?

 

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4 Comments

  1. John Wood March 29, 2014 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Very nice article.
    I miss singing with CP in the Sanctuary Choir, but the Lord gives us times and seasons, and new ways of honoring Him.
    Blessings.

  2. Mark Cobos March 12, 2016 at 1:09 am - Reply

    CP I will be doing a lunch and learn for you Wednesday March 23rd. I cant wait to meet you we have a lot in common, from our love for food to Uganda.
    Looking forward, God Bless
    Mark

  3. Jon Fahning September 24, 2016 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Great piece and identified him to a “T” from my memories of our times together in Phoenix, C-H, and other fun. Congrats on the success…well deserved! I hope to see you in my next return trip to PHX (or in MSP) and have a chance to work together again soon. Cheers to you, CP!!

  4. Pat Moore December 9, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Elizabeth, what a wonderful introduction to C.P., one very special person. I remember the first time his mother proudly showed me the plans of a home he was creating 16 years ago. I knew then, that his talent and creativity was unique and most importantly, relevant in this ever changing world of ours. It was inspiring looking over those plans. It took me back to a time when I thought I might pursue Architecture as my career. Boy is that ever a very long time ago now.

    Well done to you both for, being the people you are and for inspiring us all to be the best we can be, to help others along the way and to try and contribute our God given talents to help make this world a better place for us all.

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