Anant Raje Architect

seleted works: 1971-2009

Anant Raje

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A few years before his death in 2009, Anant Raje had begun to assemble a draft of his works – published and unpublished. The present book is inspired by that draft, which remained unfinished. Raje's meticulous documentation of the process of thoughts that gave direction to design and of the development of construction details, and the eventual record of the building form an elaborate archive. The collection of photographs, drawings and notes provides clues to the many fundamental problems and situations he constantly wrestled with. To monitor, sift and make a selection from such an archive is perhaps the only way of providing the first point of public contact with the very private, very varied and fulfilled life of someone who treated the profession of architecture as a personal discovery.

Anant Raje

Anant Raje (1929–2009) was a well-known architect, intellectual, and teacher. He graduated in 1954 from the J.J. School of Fine Arts, Mumbai. He started his architecture studio in India in 1969, upon returning from working with Louis Kahn in Philadelphia. Raje's association with the School of Architecture, CEPT University, was consistent throughout the period of his independent practice; he was Professor Emeritus, and also Director of the School in the 1980s. He also taught at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He was Visiting Professor at several universities in the United States, Europe and Australia, and he lectured extensively at architecture schools in India and around the world.