Virajita Singh is a designer, teacher, researcher and change agent practicing design thinking, public interest design, sustainability and art.
Virajita’s work is about using design thinking and creativity to solve pressing problems while engaging and empowering as many people in the process as possible. Her vision is that people across the world will use their incredible creative capacities and the skills of design to collaboratively create a just and sustainable world, today. She is passionate about making that vision possible.
Virajita’s background growing up in Mumbai, India, her participatory design work with rural communities in Rajasthan, India and Minnesota, US and her training as an architect in India and the US influence her work. She has worked an architect in Mumbai and New Delhi and has taught studios in architecture and sustainability in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. Much of Virajita’s work over the last decade has focused on design, sustainability and equity. She leads the Design for Community Resilience program at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research which works with communities in greater Minnesota and since June 2015, serves to bring design thinking and innovation to advancing equity and diversity work at the University of Minnesota as Assistant Vice Provost in the Office for Equity and Diversity.
From 2011 – 2015 Virajita led Design Thinking @ College of Design (a collaborative that applies design thinking across sectors including teaching research and outreach) and from 2014 – 2015 co-led the Public Interest Design initiative for the College of Design.
In her spare time, Virajita is involved with her spiritual community serving at local homeless shelters, works on her art practice and volunteering at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts as a Collection-in-Focus Guide in the Art of China and the Japan and Korea Collections.