The Poché Group is a research and design practice based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Los Angeles, California.
Having worked for renowned practices across the world, our archipreneurs, the majority of whom are graduates of the famed SCI-Arc program, have aggregated a wealth of experience in architecture and design to unleash upon you a radical firm that is leaving a fresh footprint the city.
At Poché, we use VR technologies so clients can experience physical spaces and 3D printers to show physical manifestations of designs before a single brick has been laid . Our robotics programs grants us the ability to develop experimental designs. Combined with implementation aptitude, our technology and research division drives Poché to the vanguard of design development.
At Poché, we keep no room for the hollow and the flimsy. Straddling a space between respecting the past and highlighting the future, we sustain a balanced ode with an egalitarian team that allows us to provoke the status quo and execute divergent ideas.
We seek to destroy the developer’s mindset. We are vision oriented and believe in no compromise when regards to architectural integrity. We are on a quest to shatter fractional attempts in the city and replace it with raw design that molds itself to transforming a space and optimizing the potential for greatness with precise execution.
Every new project begins with a fresh foundation and exhaustive research. We implement a collaborative and explorative approach that draws on our collective design experiences and research interests. Our experimental approach and willingness to work with pioneering technology provides a marked difference for our clients. Our work is finalized with vigilant analysis of the constraints and nuances of each project , allowing us to bring forth architecture that is a result of streamlined design and an efficient construction process. We optimize the layout of spaces, tailor the aesthetic essence of each project, and ensure detailed craftsmanship. For every scale of project, we are on a quest to deliver broader environmental benefits through our designs and work closely with clients to ensure that their projects achieve more. Join our mutiny.
On her way to starting business school in South Carolina, Kazi Mahzuza Maysun opened an acceptance letter from an experimental architectural program called SCI-Arc and took a 180 degree turn towards California in a matter of hours. While commerce was a natural pathway for someone who had grown up amongst hoteliers, Maysun knew architecture was the precise blend of technicality and arts she could challenge herself with, even if it meant several semesters of grueling catch-up work to stay on par with her peers.
That passionate adaptability, combined with her persistent work ethic and unbounded vision for achieving the new and experimental has touched upon every initiative she has taken on since graduating in 2016 with an award-winning senior thesis. Inspired by Zaha Hadid’s take on posh nature, Maysun brings a duality to her portfolio.
Her approach transcends to next gen primitives achieved through nested and mutated challenges of geometric clones. A combination of continuous and discontinuous analysis of discrete masses resulting in moments of intersecting ideals of the interior and exterior, piercing each other to provide the impression of a fulfilled enclosure, is her characterization of a built mass.
“To explore my horizons in order to have a better understanding of light, shading, shadow, mathematics and patterns, I looked more into Mughal architecture. So I took a trip to India and surveyed as many buildings as possible, which led me to complete my style theory, which focuses on the 3M’s:”
Following my last exploration, I’m experimenting with how to do a modern day version of intricate stonework from the 1500s with robotic toolpaths.
Obsessed with evolving her design palate, Maysun has sought to bring duality in her design experiences with M.S. Innovations, the Mahmmud Group, Bangladesh Ansar, Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies, and the Dusit Princess hotel in Dhaka.
Trained at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego, Fernando is a versatile architect with extensive project management experience. Fernando’s architectural aspirations come from an unlikely place: As a teenager, exploring the vastness of different construction sites, Fernando became fascinated with the implementation process.
With extensive experience in technical drawings in Los Angeles, a hub for the art industry, Fernando strives to bring an artistic aesthetic to Dhaka urbanity. Believing art to be a boundless force and driven by an obsession with concrete lasting structures, Fernando seeks improvements upon existing construction processes as a project evolves from paper to execution with the client’s utilization experience as priority.
“I think there’s beauty in destruction. If I see an experimental design, I look the practical angle to see what’s actually feasible. I emphasize the art within practicality, but always prioritize functionality over external appearances.”
Prior to joining Poché as the lead of the design team, Fernando was a self-employed architect focusing on managing multiple projects with various clients in Los Angeles.
Bored of traditional software in his senior year internship at an undergraduate architectural program in India, Rishabh chased experimental training until he stumbled upon parametric architecture at a workshop in Rome led by his now mentor Lorenzo Vianello. Focused on computational architecture, Rishabh chose SCI-Arc for his Master in Design Studies because of the sheer weight on technical training and design.
“I want to take my research beyond a theoretical status. I want to take it and apply it to the practical world of architecture in an utterly unique way, because you have to the first in something if you want to leave a mark on the world.”
Following his graduate program, Rishabh worked as a computational designer in London, specializing in digital fabrication and robotics at both AI-Build and Mamou-Mani Ltd, where he worked on the world’s first 3D printed restaurant. Rishabh has also taught at the Chitkara School of Planning and Architecture in India, and worked as a Junior Architect at the acclaimed Sou-Fujimoto Architects of Tokyo. At Poché, Rishabh heads the robotics and research division and looks forward to implementing limitless computational design to architecture, facades, interiors, and even furniture.