Virajita Singh is a Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, College of Design. She leads CSBR’s sustainable design assistance program that engages students from the College of Design to help communities, non-profits and local governments interested in implementing sustainable goals. Virajita had been awarded two fellowships for the year 2009 – 2010. Through the Buckman Fellowship in Leadership and Philanthropy Virajita is working to raise funds for communities that need sustainable design services. Through the Multicultural Teaching and Learning Fellowship, Virajita is developing ways to deepen the integration social, economic and environmental sustainability in CSBR’s sustainable design assistance work. Virajita’s vision is to partner in, assist and help accelerate the transformation currently underway of Minnesota’s communities towards sustainability, one community at a time.
Virajita has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Mumbai, India, a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Minnesota and is a LEED accredited professional. Outside research and teaching in architecture and sustainability, Virajita passion lies in areas of social justice, culture, sacred spaces, and the arts. She volunteers regularly at a local homeless shelter with her spiritual community. Virajita is a Collection-in-Focus Guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the museum’s Arts of China collection and pursues her own emerging art practice.