Nidhi MadanDirector & Architect I Landscape Architect
10 years of experience as Access Auditor, Architect & Landscape Architect

Creating a barrier-free, universally-accessible built and transport environment is her passion and making the World Accessible her goal.
Masters degree from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in architecture and landscape architecture have helped Nidhi Madan hone her interests in the built environment– public buildings and places, people and the environment, sustainability and accessibility. She provides design expertise, directs action-oriented research projects and undertakes Accessibility and Walkability Audits to implement barrier free access and Universal Design.

Nidhi Madan works at Studio EN, a landscape architecture, planning and design practice based in New Delhi, India. Educated at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, degrees in architecture and landscape architecture have helped her hone her interests in the built
environment –public buildings and places, people and the environment, sustainability and accessibility. She consults with Samarthyam, National Centre for Accessible Environments, where she provides design expertise and research guidance towards creating a barrier-free, universally-accessible built and transport environment. With Samarthyam, she conducts capacity building and awareness raising workshops on “Access for All”, directs action- oriented research projects and undertake Accessibility and Walkability Audits to implement barrier free access and Universal Design.

EDUCATION:
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, Amherst, MA, USA
Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A)

SCHOOL OF PLANNING AND ARCHITECTURE, New Delhi, India
Bachelor of Architecture (B. Arch)
ACCESS AUDIT AND TRAINING EXPERIENCE:

  • Lead report writer for Access Audits conducted under Accessible India Campaign for 5 cities- Pune, Trivandrum, Chennai, Bhubaneswar and Raipur
  • Participated in access audits of over 250 public buildings, transit infrastructure & public spaces across the country.
  • Resource person, Access Audits of 50 Central Government Buildings in New Delhi for Ministry of Urban Development including Prime Minister’s Office, National Museum, Supreme Court, Vigyan Bhawan National Gallery of Modern Art, Nirman Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan, Udyog Bhawan, Sena Bhawan, etc.
  • Master Trainer, Training of Trainers (TOT) Course for Promotion of Non-Handicapping Barrier Free Environment and Creation of Resource Pool of Access Auditors: Trained architects, engineers, interior designers, NGOs and DPOs, service providers, stake holders, persons with disabilities, officers from PWD, NDMC, Health, Education, Transport Department, Professionals among others
  • Access Auditor, Trainer and Architect for ‘Access for All’ Workshops and Training of Trainers course conducted in 6 states of India and Sri Lanka for creation of Resource Pool of Access Auditors, in association with CBM and VSO
  • Accessibility Audits of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), 2009- till date
  • Training Workshop for State Commissioners for Persons with Disabilities, Odisha, 2015
  • Walkability audits to make pedestrian and transport infrastructure accessible for persons with disabilities, Lodi Road, Nehru Place, Sarai Kale Khan and Connaught Place with implementation results, 2011-2014
  • Accessibility Audit Training workshop for DFID partners in India, 2013

INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTATION:

  1. 2012 – Co-authored papers, 13th International Conference on Transport & Mobility for Elderly & the Disabled, New Delhi, India
  2. 2012 – Resource Person, Access for All Workshop, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  3. 2010 – Scholarship Recipient, Co-authored papers, Speaker at 12th International Conference on Transport & Mobility for Elderly & the Disabled, Hong Kong

RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS & PUBLICATIONS:

  1. 2016 Co-Authored, Urban Roads Manual, Indian Roads Congress
  2. 2013-2014 Co-authored Universal Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian, Non-motorised Vehicles and Public Transportation
  3. 2014 Co-authored Universal Design Guidelines on Way finding and Signage, National Institute of Design, Samarthyam and Unnati
  4. 2011-12 Anthropometric Study of Mobility Aid Users: India specific, DFID and VSO
  5. 2010 Accessibility Research and Comparative Analysis of Building Standards & regulations (Building Bye-Laws) in various states of India for Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India
  6. 2010 Action Oriented Research Project on Community Accessibility & Inclusion Audit for World Vision Slum Accessibility Project in Delhi
  7. 2009 Research Study on IRC: 103-1988 -Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities for Indian Road Congress. First ever guidelines with inclusive design standards for persons with disabilities.
  8. 2009-12 Amendment and updation of Guidelines “Space Standards for barrier free environment for disabled and elderly”, 1998, CPWD, MoUD, Government of India

ADVOCACY CAMPAIGN FACILITATION:

  1. 2015 Raahgiri & Accessgiri Campaign- Inclusion of persons with disabilities, Connaught Plance and Gurgaon for Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India
  2. 2013-15 One Billion Rising- Accessibility, Equality and Inclusion of girls and women with disabilities
  3. 2010-12 ‘Access for All’ Campaign in India and Sri Lanka- promotion of non-handicapping environment and setting of Access Co-ordination Cells
  4. 2010-current Education for All Campaign in India- inclusion of children with disabilities through accessible infrastructure of schools

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