Useful Waste with Julia Mollner

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Julia Mollner 

Julia Mollner is a returning guest to the Young Architect Podcast. In today’s appearance, she talks about her work with research mockups.  

Julia shares information about her work on diverting construction waste to put toward creating tiny pods for the houseless villages of Portland, Oregon. She also discusses some of the other possible applications for these pods, like lending libraries or WiFi hotspots.  

During today’s interview, Julia also talks about the guidebook she wrote for the Useful Waste Initiative. She discusses her public speaking engagement and teaching experiences, and she also talks about taking the AREs.   

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • The projects that Julia has been working on lately 
  • Julia’s ideas about how to reuse a mockup 
  • Julia’s fellowship with the Oregon State School of Architecture 
  • The guidebook that Julia wrote 
  • Julia’s public speaking engagements 
  • Julia’s teaching experience 
  • The multidimensional architect 
  • Whether Julia is still doing studios 
  • Julia’s experience with the AREs 
  • Julia’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What Julia knows now that she didn’t know then 
  • The book that changed everything for Julia 
  • The resource that Julia can’t live without 
  • Where listeners can find Julia 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. Make time to do the things you love. 
  2. Look for ways to combine your passions. 
  3. Know how to pare down your to-do list to the highest priorities.  

Julia Mollner’s Advice for Aspiring Architects 

“I think my biggest advice is to pursue what you love.” 

Favorite Quotes 

“Architecture is kind of a continual process of evolution.” –Julia Mollner on what she knows today that she didn’t know back then 

“One book that I love is called A Field Guide to Getting Lost.”  Julia Mollner on the book that changed everything  

“I actually carry around a journal both for writing and for sketching, but just to have, to document whatever entices me.” Julia Mollner on the resource she can’t live without 

“When I get stressed out I like to just make a master list of all the things that I need to do and then break that list into the top five things, the highest priority things.”  Julia Mollner on her best time-saving trick 

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

Useful Waste Initiative 


Michael Riscica

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