Nora Alhasan, AIASenior Associate
When did you know you wanted to be an architect/designer?
The first time I ever thought I wanted to be an architect was on a trip to Italy with my family when I was 13. I really enjoyed the history and the architecture that imprinted each city and its culture. That led me to me take an architecture summer course at Parsons School of Design when I was 16. I found the course so difficult and laborious that I rejected the entire idea of pursuing architecture. Flash forward to college: I was a finance major with a minor in art (couldn’t shake that creative edge) and I decided to study in Florence for a month. I fell in love all over again and knew that I had to get my master’s degree…back at Parsons.
What’s the biggest highlight of your career?
Prudential Asset Management’s Newark headquarters and the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey projects.
What would Spotify say is your most-played track?
I use Pandora. I just saw Arcade Fire live—they were amazing—so maybe something by them right now?
What’s the best thing about working at Mancini Duffy?
The culture, people, and work ethic. We value the time spent inside and outside of the office. I’ve also developed some great friendships here.
What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?
I’ve ran five half-marathons in one year, three of which were run in three consecutive calendar months.
What’s the most unusual item in your desk drawer?
On my desk, there’s a Moo box and eclipse glasses.