Tehran, Iran - Vancouver
Art by Emily Honderich
Noor is an intern architect and teacher. She was born and grew up in Tehran, Iran. She moved to Edmonton in 2008 and relocated to Vancouver in 2017. She has worked in Edmonton and Vancouver in home builders companies and architectural firms.
Shoes of Hope
“Hope will never be silent” and “I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”
I had a good position in my professional field as an architect and urban designer. I was also taught at the university back home in Iran. But unexpectedly, I was diagnosed with a serious disease that made me leave in 2008 and come to Canada.
I made a conscious decision and a promise to myself that I must always turn catastrophe in my life to conquest.
My view of the world changed after I regained my full health.
I found myself spiritually strong, and I believe that happiness and sorrow do not last forever. I became ready, facing challenges and overcoming obstruction until the pandemic came, and it became my second chance to learn. I try to stay positive with what I can do during this universal storm.
While I am still working on some related architecture projects, I also try to communicate with friends, participate in a variety of Zoom events, and any other opportunity that helps me while I stay home. I choose how to be and who I can be during this pandemic and not to be fragile and allow a virus to discourage me from being hopeful. I always remember “turn catastrophe to conquest.”
"My view of the world changed after I regained my full health. I found myself spiritually strong, and I believe that happiness and sorrow do not last forever."