The Office of Institutional Advancement regularly features a Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso faculty or staff member who exemplifies the vision and mission of our institution. Their journeys to becoming TTUHSC El Paso employees are unique and work experiences vary, but all have a passion to improve the lives of the people in our community.
This month’s employee is Nora Muñoz, intern architect with Physical Plant and Support Services in Engineering Services.
Nora Muñoz, a 2012 Texas Tech University alumna from the college of architecture, holds a distinctive title at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso: intern architect. It’s an important position that sometimes needs a bit of explanation, especially to colleagues who aren’t quite sure what an intern architect does.
“It’s my job to translate the needs of employees and staff into aesthetically pleasing design plans,” Muñoz said, describing her work.
Day-to-day duties include managing working spaces, selecting interior textile elements and furnishings, acting as a construction project manager and assisting with departments’ special projects. All of the roles interconnect, driving Muñoz to see design in a more holistic attitude, allowing her to better address design challenges and contribute to the success of a project.
“I’ve done a few special projects for the Office of Institutional Advancement to recognize donors on campus. One of those is a conceptual design for a new donor wall. It will serve as a stewardship initiative as well as a landmark monument for TTUHSC El Paso,” Muñoz said of her newest endeavor. “The location of the donor wall is vital. Its development is important because it will provide a landmark entity for the visual landscape of the TTUHSC El Paso campus.”
However, her favorite part of the job is envisioning the design needs of the future.
“Ten years from now, I see TTUHSC El Paso maintaining its status as a state-of-the-art university, but also maturing into a diverse health care hub for our community. Creativity and forward-looking vision are essential components to my design process. They allow me to use my other skills to better my designs for the future of the university and its master plan.”
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