The Archimedes Foundation was established by the Estonian government in 1997 with the objective of coordinating and implementing different international and national programmes and projects in the fields of training, education, youth activities, research, technological development and innovation. The foundation implements EU cooperation programmes as well as activities financed by national and structural funds. Accreditation and evaluation of higher education is also an important task of the foundation. Rait was among the founders of the Archimedes Foundation, which is now one of the biggest foundations in Estonia.
Rait graduated from the University of Tartu, where he studied history and art history. He has written more than 100 publications in the field of art. His two main research interests are 20th century architecture and city planning and postmodernism and post-WWII art.
Rait has ten years of experience as a part-time lecturer at the University of Tartu. His earlier posts have been as a consultant to the Estonian Artists Union and the President of the Tartu Artists Society.
During the beginning of 90´s he was also Deputy Mayor of Tartu responsible for education, culture and social affairs. His mission in the late 80`s and early 90`s was to restore artistic life and art high education in Tartu to how it used to be before the Soviet occupation.