Shilpa Ranade trained in architecture at CEPT, Ahmedabad and did her graduate work in Cultural Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Since the time she cut her teeth as a junior architect at Rahul Mehrotra Associates, she has enjoyed being simultaneously involved in design and socio-cultural research projects.
Shilpa was involved with the seminal Gender & Space Project at PUKAR (Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research) and has co-authored an influential book on women and public space in Mumbai called “Why Loiter?” published by Penguin Books India in 2011. She was also associate editor of the South Asia volume of the book World Architecture 1900-2000: A Critical Mosaic published by Springer, Vienna.
Shilpa’s writing on architecture and on gendered spaces has been published in various books, journals (EPW, Index for Censorship) and professional magazines (Domus, Indian Architect & Builder). In addition to architectural practice and research, Shilpa has been involved with teaching both design and humanities courses at a number of institutes such as CEPT, Ahmedabad, Sir J.J. College of Architecture, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. She has also been on review panels at several architectural colleges across the country.