Shepley Bulfinch has named Amrita Raja as the firm’s 2012 Summer Design Fellow. Amrita, who was selected from a highly competitive field of more than 50 candidates, will spend ten weeks this summer immersed in design challenges in the firm’s Boston studio.
In selecting Amrita as this year’s Fellow, committee members cited the depth of expression in her work and her understanding and articulacy in discussing her design decisions and intent.
Amrita will start her final year in the Master’s program in Architecture at Yale this fall. She is now in the early stages of a project at Yale that brings together the disciplines of art, architecture, language, and drama, in a performance piece to be produced there next spring.
She is a summa cum laude graduate of Virginia Tech, with a B.S. in Interior Design and a B.A. in French.
While studying at Virginia Tech, she was selected for the school’s biannual scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts summer program in Fontainebleau, France. The program, which integrates architectural and music studies, culminated in an interdisciplinary team project with composers and a cellist to produce a performance piece which won the program’s Tournon-Branly Prize. Before beginning her graduate studies at Yale, Amrita spent a year teaching English in Paris and immersing herself in French culture.
She called the transition from undergraduate interior design to graduate studies in architecture a shift in scale, from design with a focus on details and a sense of resolution to whole-building design, with an exposure to theory at a graduate level that complements her applied design work as an undergraduate.
Now in its 15th year, Shepley Bulfinch’s annual Summer Design Fellowship draws candidates from the country’s top design schools. Two of the firm’s most recent Fellows, Ming Yan and Susannah Cramer-Greenbaum, are now members of our design staff.