Nour Fuqa began her collegiate journey in the Architectural Engineering program at Birzeit University in Palestine. When she and her family moved to the United States in 2016, Nour wanted to continue her studies. “Ranken was recommended by a friend who is a Ranken alumna,” she said. “Besides being a good program, the hire rate for graduation is extremely high from Ranken.” Nour graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ranken Technical College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture in 2019. She has recently been awarded a Director’s Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis to pursue her master’s degree in architecture.

Nour is an architectural assistant for HT Design, LLC in St. Louis. Duane Thompson, Principal, HT Design, appreciates having Nour on his team. “During this challenging last year, Miss Fuqa has been a great team member and reliable asset,” he said. “She has shown great capacity for putting together construction drawing sets including researching code standards and zoning requirements. Miss Fuqa is exceptionally creative. She communicates well and has the confidence to articulate design vision to our clients. I am excited to see Miss Fuqa continue to sharpen her skillset as a young, up and coming designer.”

One of her favorite instructors at Ranken was Elizabeth Proost, who shared, “Nour was an introspective student who exhibited a true desire to produce quality design. She always challenged herself to thoroughly investigate the design prompt, was open to suggestion, and offered a refreshing approach to problem solving. In the studio environment, Nour was well liked, and her voice gave depth to the studio.”

Nour recalls her favorite memory of Ranken being Portfolio Day where she got the chance to connect and network with new people and professionals in the field. “Through the studio classes, Ranken prepared me to expedite project phases from concept design through construction documentation,” said Nour. She is very excited to begin the next step in her life, pursuing her graduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis.

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