Abhishek Ray (Class of 2007)
Abhishek is the Principal Architect at Matrika Design Collaborative and Founder of the Disability Research and Design Foundation (DRDF). Matrika Design Collaborative is a multidisciplinary design studio involved in architecture, universal design, product development, and more, that creates comprehensive design solutions. DRDF is a unique idea of amalgamating activism with design abilities. It provides a platform to people from various backgrounds- engineers, builders, designers, people with disabilities, activists, and architects to promote universal inclusivity and accessibility on policy and design levels. Matrika, in association with DRDF, renders professional design consultancy in the sphere of universal design and accessibility.
A few of Abhishek’s projects include making the High Court of India disabled-friendly, the Reserve Bank of India disabled-friendly, redesigning Sadhana Village on the outskirts of Pune- a residential facility for disabled children, and many more. His solutions are cost-effective and affordable, which makes them more accessible and available.
Alongside his other successful ventures, Abhishek and his team have also worked on museum development projects - to make museums inclusive, keep visitors engaged and to change the experience of a museum visit through interactive exhibition displays.
Abhishek has also been an Ashoka Lemelson Fellow since 2006.