At Payette, we believe in sharing knowledge throughout our firm and the profession. In this series, we wanted to share advice from Payette architects at different phases of their careers on topics ranging from creating mentorships, working towards your licensure and finding the right work/life balance.
Today, we hear from Payette Architect Nik Pappastratis, AIA, Architect.
Nik joined Payette in 2013 and began working on a variety of projects including the Upson Hall renovation project for the College of Engineering at Cornell University, the Center for Integrated Sciences at Skidmore College and the East Ring Project at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology. He has since contributed to the design for the School of Nursing Addition/Renovation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, primarily focusing on the Technology Enabled Active Learning classrooms and Simulation Lab. He recently designed the Schow Library Classroom Renovation at Williams College which will begin construction later this month, and is currently working on the Biology and Chemistry lab renovations at the Williams College Science Center. Nik received his Masters of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2010.
What is the best piece of advice you received when studying for licensure?
Commit to a date. Taking my first exam was a daunting task that initially kept me from gaining any traction with my studies. I eventually followed the advice I was given and picked a date about a month out. In doing this it forced me to begin a more diligent study routine and a tangible goal I was working towards.
Advice for managing work/life balance?
Manage your time and be as efficient as possible whether it is completing a task at work or going out for a morning run. I find that being more efficient can leave you some “bonus” time at the end of the day.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Any opportunity to be outside and observe your surroundings is where I am able to find inspiration.
Advice for Fellow Architects and Designers: Part 1
Advice for Fellow Architects and Designers: Part 2