Nonlinear Paths with Nora Hyasat

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Nora Hyasat

Nora didn’t decide to become an architect because she came from a family of architects. She also really didn’t know what she was in for when she decided to pursue architecture. But she sees her life journey as collecting the tools that she needs to allow her to expand creatively and an architecture degree was part of that.

By the end of high school, Nora was already doing a lot of creative things. She was painting, sculpting, drawing, doing photography. She ended up going into architecture in college because her parents encouraged her to do so, and the degree would give her the foundation she needed to push herself creatively.

In Australia, where Nora attended college, architecture is a double degree – both undergraduate and graduate. Nora struggled with undergrad and wasn’t happy, so ended up taking a gap year. Looking back, she says that gap year was a fantastic decision.

In today’s episode, you’ll hear about what Nora did during her gap year and beyond. You’ll hear about her work with 3D prototyping and printing, her work as a teacher of architecture, especially during a pandemic, and her experiences with Clubhouse, an iOS social media app that’s being used by architects.

What You’ll Hear on This Episode:

  • What inspired Nora to pursue a career in architecture
  • What architecture school was like for Nora
  • Why Nora took a gap year
  • Bringing new tools into architecture
  • What happened for Nora after architecture school
  • What architecture school prepares you for
  • How teaching has changed since the pandemic
  • How to replicate the studio environment over zoom
  • Nora’s experiences with Clubhouse
  • Projects that Nora is excited about right now
  • Nora’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Nora knows now that she didn’t know then
  • The book that changed everything for Nora
  • Nora’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
  • Nora’s best timesaving trick
  • How listeners can find Nora

Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:

  1. Expand your creativity.
  2. Say yes to exciting projects.
  3. Never rush your own path.

Nora’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:

“One that I’ve touched on is always invest in your creative outlets because in the world of design that will be your signature mark on the world and I think taking the time to do that in whichever way you can is absolutely essential.”

Favorite Quotes:

“Probably investing in my own journey and not falling for labels.” – What Nora knows now that she didn’t know then.

The Originals by Adam Grant.” –The book that changed everything for Nora 

“I have a very secret superpower, and it’s putting pen to paper.” –Nora on her favorite resource, product, or gadget

“I don’t know if it’s a timesaving trick, but it certainly makes my work hours more productive, and it is I get outside and move.”  –Nora on her best time-saving trick

Resources Mentioned on the Show:

Nora Hyasat

Nora on Instagram


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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