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2014 Celebration

In 2013-14 we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the School of Humanities, Social Science, and Education (HSSE), the forerunner of the College of Liberal Arts. This historic event marked the moment that liberal arts began in earnest to build its future as Purdue’s center for excellence in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Our alumni vividly demonstrate that excellence in many fields and communities across the globe—so we’ve asked 50 of them to tell us more about their careers and lives, via a modified version of the Proust questionnaire. This survey of revealing questions was a popular parlor game in Marcel Proust’s time, made famous by his answers and adapted by Vanity Fair and the show Inside the Actors Studio. We hope you enjoy getting to know these fascinating and inspiring CLA alumni.



Ana Pinto-Alexander

Photo of Ana Pinto-AlexanderBA 1986, Interior Design, Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Ana Pinto-Alexander’s expertise in interior design is grounded in research—and evidence shows that design can influence both how we heal and how we feel. As a principal and senior vice president at the Indianapolis office of HKS, Inc., Pinto-Alexander has more than 27 years of experience, focused primarily on designing healthcare facilities.  She worked at BSA LifeStructures in Indianapolis for 12 years before establishing her own firm, Maregatti Interiors, in 2001. It merged with HKS, a global powerhouse in architecture and design, in 2011. She was recently recognized by Healthcare Design magazine as one of the “25 most influential people in healthcare design,” and last year she was named a Legend IN Design award winner by the Indiana Interior Design Coalition.

Beyond her passion for designing healthcare environments that improve the experience of patients, families, and medical practitioners, Pinto-Alexander has also designed interiors for religious and educational facilities, including several buildings in Purdue’s Discovery Park.

“I try to think of each building as a living organism that houses human interaction,” she explained to THiNK Magazine. “The goal is to evoke a feeling when people walk into a particular building. If Purdue’s students find themselves feeling good and wonder why, then that means we are successful.”

Read on for Pinto-Alexander’s responses to our version of the Proust survey.


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