Poroban is a design and manufacturing company that works within the realms of architecture, urban design, furniture and installations for the creative arts.  We are progressive, inclusive and enjoy collaborating with diverse communities to create exciting spaces and neighbourhoods.  We like to work with local suppliers and manufacturers, and have strengths in providing a hands-on pragmatic approach.

We are also here to combat climate change and seek to inform and educate via a multitude of mediums.  If buildings contribute to 40% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions, then we have a big part in doing something about it.

Armeet Panesar 

Director

MA(Hons) MArch (Dist)

ARB 079678F

Armeet studied architecture at Edinburgh University qualifying as an Architect in 2011.  He has worked with a number of award winning practices including Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, for which he was project architect on a variety of large and small scale buildings including Hastings Academy East Sussex, Embassy Gardens London and The Atlas Student Residence London. 

 

Alongside professional practice, Armeet has undertaken a number of self build projects in London and Edinburgh, which have included a strong focus on low-embodied-energy fit out construction using local suppliers and makers.

Previously to working in London, he lived in India for two years working with Opolis Architects in Mumbai.  He was project architect for a self sustaining ashram in the Mulshi Ghats, using innovative techniques in structural bamboo design alongside conventional local construction materials. During his time with Opolis, he designed various private residences in collaboration with Rahul Mehrotra Associates and assisted in curating the Fumihiko Maki 361-degree exhibition in 2009.

 

Armeet has also travelled extensively across India from Assam to Tamil Nadu meeting key architects from practices such as Charles Correa, Laurie Baker and Inspiration Architects as part of his on-going research on Critical Regionalism.  He has been a visiting critique at the KRVIA architectural school in Mumbai and has developed various educational workshops to help local Indian communities engage with the city through performance and play.

 

Prior to his time in India, Armeet worked in Edinburgh with award winning architects Gray Marshall Associates, focusing on Historic Building conservation and adaptive re-use.

Armeet is a guest design tutor at UCA Canterbury and a drummer and trombonist for the band Nkomba.

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