Neethi Rachel Abraham is an Architectural Designer in Rhode Island working with mission driven-clientele with a focus on adaptive reuse. She holds a master's in Adaptive Reuse from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor's in Architecture from Bangalore, India, where she is originally from.
Neethi is passionate about serving disaster-prone communities with a focus on climate change. The course of her education, helped Neethi familiarize herself with architecture as a tool for human-centric design and social change. Additionally, this enabled her to design and develop an augmented reality simulation that projected the effects of flooding, storm surge and sea-level rise in Newport, Rhode Island over a 100 years. Through the project exhibition at 74 Bridge Street in the Point Neighborhood, the community collaborated to save their homes, creating a buzz that allowed people to engage in a more serious conversation on how they could proceed to save their heritage together. The project was selected for the AIA Emerging Professional Exhibit 2018 and was presented at the 2017 Rhode Island Preservation Conference, among many others. This created a foundation for her vision to design for more inclusive, diverse community and for the 98% without architects.
Outside of work Neethi is Communications Chair (regional) for RISD Alumni Relations, volunteers to serve refugees, and is involved in the design community. She loves sketching, ceramics and occasional strolls through museums.