After graduating from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Avik founded an Industrial Design consulting firm, and then a furniture manufacturing business. In both instances, the focus was on creating solutions which, while addressing real issues of users, also paid heed to the impact they’d have on the environment.
His interest in education and furniture led, in 1997, to the creation of Ethos – dedicated to design for learning.
While designing furniture for DPS schools in Patna, Pune, Ludhiana, Coimbatore, Surat, Vadodara, Varanasi and Nashik, and also for 3 brands of schools run by Educomp, he discovered how design can impact learning.
To bring these experiences together, he co-founded Thinkering https://thinkering.in/
in Goa. It aims to help schools create better learning opportunities for students – by designing not just their products and spaces, but also the interactions that take place within them.
Thinkering creates experiential learning for students of all ages, in multiple disciplines, with collaborative engagement, for them to acquire skills and competencies crucial for thriving in our times by engaging with and solving real-life problems.