[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.