Meet the 20 students who will make up the Class of 2019. Over the next few weeks, we’ll highlight three incoming students at a time. Today: Abhinav Sircar, Addi Hou, and Andrea Kang.
Abhinav is an explorer at heart with a never-quenched thirst for newer experiences in life. An industrial designer by profession, he received his Bachelor's degree from National Institute of Design in India and has spent a semester as an exchange student in Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia.
Having interned in companies like General Motors and TI Cycles of India, Abhinav later joined the design team of LG Electronics India where he got the opportunity to design mobile phones and home entertainment products. He also worked in Philips Design India as a Lead Designer for Kitchen Appliances and Male Grooming. From designing product strategies to pitching systems solutions for Neonatal Care, Abhinav has continuously pushed his boundaries as a design professional. He now wants to delve deeper into the understanding of human behavior and design meaningful digital experiences. He is also looking forward to interacting with the vibrant multicultural student community which makes for an enriching and engaging environment at SVA. In his free time, Abhinav loves to travel to new destinations to explore culture and cuisine.
After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design, Addi moved to New York to pursue his big city dreams. After stints at some small firms, he found his way into the world of fashion and has been working in the industry for the last 18 years, most recently as Design Director for Mens Accessories & Footwear at J Crew and prior to that, Ralph Lauren.
Currently he has his own consulting firm, 10 Feet Tall, at which he helps brands develop new products. He has always been interested in how things work and the relationship between users and the products they consume. Often utilizing the firm beliefs that were instilled in him from his I.D. training, he always believed that form and function should work hand-in-hand seamlessly in order to deliver the best end results.
Now, after years of designing physical products in a fairly traditional fashion environment, he is yearning for new challenges that run deeper in tapping into user experience and may have more of a positive social impact. Hoping to utilize his industrial design thought process and his experiences in the corporate world, he is eager to apply himself to the more vast open-ended digital world of Interaction Design.
In his free time, Addi loves to listen to podcasts, cultivate playlists on Spotify, watch his beloved Mets try haplessly to win, and introduce his favorite films to his precocious children.
Andrea believes that all things should be designed with empathy toward the human experience and more importantly, the intention to create a positive impact. As a journalism student at Northwestern University, she produced documentaries capturing the stories of marginalized individuals such as the LGBTQ community in Seoul, South Korea. After graduation, she learned the significance of hospitality as the events coordinator at The Little Owl, helping clients celebrate their intimate life moments.
Most recently, Andrea served as the community operations manager at Spoon University, where she re-imagined and built the processes through which Spoon student contributors are trained, create content and build local teams on campuses. She is excited to leverage both classroom and experiential learning at SVA to build upon her passion of engaging with a broad audience and creating humanistic solutions that address real-world problems.