Yasmine Badawi (she/her/hers)

Yasmine is a talented, hard-working architectural student bringing many skills to PCA. Her expansive thinking results in work that exceeds our expectations.

  • What's your name? Do you have any nicknames, if so, what are they?  My name is Yasmine, but some people from Egypt call me Yasso.

  • I’m from…  I'm from the land of the Pharaohs! I mean, Cairo, Egypt.

  • List your education  Currently, I am getting my Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College.

  • Any notable accomplishments/awards?  I received the Portfolio Award after my first year at the Boston Architectural College!

  • Any community service?  I have worked on a project on the prevalence of homelessness in Boston to work on ways designers can develop greater resources for individuals experiencing homelessness. It was truly eye-opening to research extensively and interview individuals on their current experiences.

  • Why PCA?  I had been looking for a firm that would offer mentorship, growth and human-centered design, and I found them all at PCA.

  • My earliest architectural memory  is laying down on the floor when I was 11 years old to draw a sketch of a Pharaonic kiosk that my brother and I were planning on having built for a business project that we were looking to start in Cairo.

  • I’m drawn to design because  it establishes legacies and interacts with individuals in so many ways both consciously and subconsciously. Through architecture specifically, I love to think that buildings can tend to serve as a cocoon of memories for thousands of people every day.

  • I love Cambridge because  it is a city that I get to explore every time I cross the river from Back Bay. To me, it remains to be a mystery filled with opportunities and places to discover.

  • What is the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?  I like to look up existing research on architectural psychology and human-centered design

  • Cats or dogs?  I have overcome my fear of dogs through the years, so dogs!

  • Coffee or tea?  Fruit tea and lattes when the extra caffeine boost is needed

  • Favorite book…  The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

  • One thing most people don’t know about you  I speak/understand about 6 languages.

  • What would be your personal motto?  To find your why and have that guide your ambitions and projects. Also, don't overthink what can make you happy.

  • My favorite creative endeavor....  I love to oil paint!! I completely disconnect from the world, and enter my own place of serenity. Then, the completed painting serves as a reminder of the mindset that I prefer to embrace.