Gurmeet S. Rai is a conservation architect based in New Delhi, India. She established CRCI, a conservation consultancy firm in 1996. Since its inception the firm has undertaken a wide range of projects within the domain of cultural heritage conservation and management practice in India.
The works of CRCI include architectural documentation, historic building conservation planning, projects related to cultural heritage tourism and management, capacity building and training etc. The clients include the Archaeological Survey of India, Ministry of Tourism-Government of India, State Governments, private foundations, institutions, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO and others. Some of the significant projects include preparation of site management plans for the World Heritage Sites of the Red Fort in Delhi and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, conservation and revitalization management plan for the Gobindgarh Fort in Amritsar and the Grand Trunk Road in Punjab, conservation plans for historic buildings in the Golden temple in Amritsar. In collaboration with international multidisciplinary teams, Gurmeet has prepared the visitor management and site management plans for the World Heritage Site of Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha in Nepal and for UNESCO the Cultural Heritage Policy for Punjab.
Her vast experience in conservation and heritage management has been recognized by the World Monuments Fund in New York who appointed her as the project management consultant for scoping and coordinating conservation of 43 protected monuments in Madhya Pradesh. She is currently engaged in several conservation projects across the country.
The works of CRCI have received numerous awards and recognition from various organizations including UNESCO and Government of Punjab. Recognizing significant contribution in the field of heritage conservation Gurmeet has been on the jury of the Asia Pacific Architectural Heritage Awards of UNESCO for several years. She is currently the Vice President of India ICOMOS and a voting member from India on the International Scientific Committee of Cultural Tourism of ICOMOS International.