Shubhra Raje is an architect and educator who is the founder-principal of shubhra raje_built environments, an inter-disciplinary design and research practice based in Denver (USA) and Ahmedabad (India). She completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad (India), and earned a Masters in Architecture from the Cornell University (USA) with a double major in Architecture and Theory + Criticism.
Raje has designed projects that range from community networks in Aurora CO, rehabilitating masonry structures in Egypt to the design of art spaces, single and multi-family housing, as well as social and educational institutes – thereby engaging diverse issues, multiple constituencies and varying scales from interior design and architecture to community design and conservation. Some of her more recent projects involve culturally and environmentally contested sites in the peri-urban neighborhoods of Denver (USA), Abydos (Egypt), and Jharsuguda (Odisha).
Apart from the design of buildings, Raje has been actively involved in civic, educational and cultural affairs in both India and the United States, having served on the commissions for neighborhood groups, as well as coordinating design workshops that encourage young designers to become active in issues of social justice and cultural patrimony. She combines this grass roots community engagement with her deep interest in the legacies of modern architecture, having recently published a seminal book on one of the least published architects of post-independent India, Anant Raje.
She is the founding member of the Anant Raje Foundation, created as an archive as well as a platform to support cross-disciplinary initiatives in the fields of art, architecture and the built environment. Her current initiatives includes “Mapping the Badlands”, a collaborative investigation into cultivating a sense of land and place through mapmaking with storyteller and anthropologist Dr. Gauri Raje, and a cartographic essay on the memories and mechanization of the Colorado River System.
Raje is a visiting professor of Architecture at the Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) in Ahmedabad (India) and the Denver and Boulder campuses of the University of Colorado. In addition, she has taught at her graduate alma-mater Cornell University. She has lectured extensively, and been a visiting critic at universities in the United States, continental Europe, India and China.