Deepak KC, a pioneer of inclusive design and leading disability advocate from Nepal. He was raised in SOS Children’s Village in Nepal and has dedicated his life to creating opportunities for individuals with disabilities. He co-founded the Independent Living Center Kathmandu and actively champions the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Nepal. Deepak is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow for 2023-2024 at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, during which IHCD is his community partner.
Architect and Accessible Design Consultant in Nepal, Deepak works with built-environment teams to ensure the needs of people with diverse abilities and ages are appropriately integrated in design space in Nepal. Deepak conducts training and workshops on accessible design for architects, engineers and policy makers in Nepal.
He was previously an accessibility consultant for the World Bank Group Nepal’s Earthquake Housing Reconstruction Project where he was responsible for ensuring that homes are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Prior work includes experience with World Bank Group Nepal, CBM Nepal, British Councils, and local organizations.
Deepak holds a Bachelor's degree in Architecture from Tribhuvan University of Nepal. At MIT, as an architect with a disability, he is particularly interested in how Disabled People Organizations (DPOs) and other stakeholders can effectively collaborate with urban planners in designing and implementing accessible cities.