About Me

Lorena Lopez Hechavarria is an interaction and immersive experience designer born in Havana, Cuba, and based out of Miami, FL. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Art, and a Masters ofFine Arts from the University of Miami’s Interactive Media program in the School of Communication where she has been teaching for the past three years.

Lorena is driven by a keen desire to fuse the digital and physical realms into captivating, educational experiences. Her design focus revolves around leveraging the use of user experience design, extended reality, and physical computing to not only entertain but also inform, with a particular emphasis on transforming user experiences within museums, theaters and educational spaces.

Making Headlines

Buzzworthy Designs: Principles of user experience turn fashion into fantasy.

Lorena Lopez, lecturer at the School of Communication, applies principles of user experience design through her work as costume designer for the Adrienne Arsht Center’s new production.

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Game hopes to tackle tough talks and tout tolerance

A new video game crafted by students and faculty members at the University of Miami delves into difficult conversations about identity and discrimination to illustrate more accepting responses.

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Class seams fashion and technology

A new special topics class in the School of Communication teaches students how to bring clothes to life by integrating them with wearable technology.

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Technology creates engaging stage scenery

Instructors in interactive media and vocal performance collaborated this fall to utilize digital projection mapping and enhance the experience of “Opera Scenes” for the audience.

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