Who are we?
Siddhant Shah is a Heritage Architect and Access Consultant who specializes in bridging the gap between Cultural Heritage and Disability, through his initiative #AccessforALL. Shah, a Stavros Niarchos Scholar has finished his MA in Heritage Management from the University of Kent (Athens Campus, Greece) and his bachelors in Architecture (BSSA-NMIMS, India) along with a Post graduate Diploma in Indian Aesthetics.
Team ALL partners with a range of experts depending upon the needs of a project. The core support includes Anisha Shah, Anand Pandit (Architect), Smt. Vidhyalaxmi Dadapatil (Artist and Special Education Teacher), Wilma Fernandez (Social Worker & Teacher), Vanghelis Kyriyakidis (Heritage Expert & Linguist) and Amit Marathe (Volunteer)
What do we do?
Team ALL is determined to push the boundaries of physical, intellectual and social access in spaces like museums, art galleries, cultural tourism, monuments and other public/private sites of social significance.
Team ALL works in collaboration and partnership with museums (National Museum, MSMS II Museum), historical sites (Jantar Mantar, City Palace Jaipur), monuments, foundations, art-galleries (DAG Modern), private art collectors, art fairs and other cultural organizations.
Our scope of work includes:
- Interpretation & Education Activities
- Outreach Programs
- CSR Project Development
- Capacity Building With Staff Sensitization Through Simulations
- Community Engagement Initiatives
- Architectural And Exhibition Designing
- Strategic Management Planning
It was when Siddhant’s mother became partially sighted; he started looking at the world in a completely different perspective, specifically observing the absence of accessibility for all. His experience of being in Greece and observing the museums’ inclusive planning is what also urged Shah to create “experience based prototypes” using the museum collection in India; in order to make the country’s culture-scape an INCLUSIVE one!!
The major concerns Access for ALL faces is lack the of awareness and sensitization along with the crunch of funding facilities and resources to create products and services for those with special needs.