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Rachel Lanzafame
Senior Associate

Rachel Lanzafame
  • Syracuse University
  • American Institute of Architects

Where do you feel most at home?

Oddly, the Swiss Alps. I've only been there once, and I have never considered myself much of a mountain person, but when I was there I had this overwhelming sense of calm that made me feel like that was where I came from. Maybe in a past life?

What is your proudest moment?

The births of my two sons. Doesn't get much better than making humans.

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

I've always loved this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, because it reminds me that even the simple things make a difference:

"To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded."

What’s inside your favorite cocktail?

I love a margarita, but please don't make it sweet. I like to taste my tequila.

Introvert or extrovert?

Introvert. Big time.

In a parallel universe, what is your profession?

A proofreader. I (regretfully) enjoy correcting people.

What’s the best live music show you've seen?

My husband was the keyboardist in an '80s cover band in high school called The Handsome Lads. There was maybe one legitimate musician in the group and it wasn't him... but his rendition of "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" was good enough for me. We still have their CD but he never lets me listen to it.