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Stephanie Alves

Stephanie Alves
  • Boston Architectural College
  • American Institute of Architects

What valuable lesson did you learn from your parents?

Being happy in life matters more than being wealthy.

What is a work-related book you'd recommend?

Either “The Architecture of Happiness” by Alain de Botton or “Architecture of the Absurd: How ‘Genius’ Disfigured a Practical Art” by John Silber, depending on how cynical I’m feeling at the moment I’m giving the recommendation

What grinds your gears?

TRAFFIC. I don’t understand how people can be so inconsiderate about how they’re driving that it has this ripple effect miles long and lasts for hours.

What’s your ideal superpower?

Teleportation so I can avoid traffic.

What's your favorite web/print comic?

xkcd, “A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.” My favorite is one that is a timeline of Earth’s average temperature starting from 20,000 BCE and illustrates the drastic change to the global average temperature in the last 100 years.

What do you listen to while working?

Video game music. I read somewhere that the soundtracks for video games are designed to make good background noise without being too distracting, and it makes sense to me. It also helps that the music can be quite amazing on its own; my particular favorite is “The Best Is Yet To Come” from Metal Gear Solid.

What do you listen to while relaxing?

More video game music, specifically the soundtrack to the video/computer game, Riven, in particular the track “Atrus’ Theme”.