Paraa is a design and architecture studio, focusing on enhancing spaces with the communities in Bangladesh through multi-disciplinary practice.
Our Vision is to create a commercially-sustainable architectural, design and planning practice, which aims to:
1. Establish a ‘School of Thought’ out of Paraa’s on-going practice and research
(advocacy, training, communications, research and study)
2. Respond to each community’s rights and aspirations by researching their traditional architecture, living standards, social and environmental conditions.
3. Gain and share knowledge of the built and natural environment in Bangladesh by bridging communities of developed and developing societies.
4. Encourage knowledge exchange through modern technology as well as developing innovative and participatory methods for design and engagement.
Link to PDF Paraa Process Presentation
As an organisation embedded in collaborations, our team for any one project varies. We are about nurturing talent and providing the space to be critical about the on-going practice in the studio.
The core team is below:
Ruhul is director and co-founder of Paraa. He graduated from Kingston, UK (BA Hons Architecture) and UCL (MSc Urban Development Planning). Ruhul has experience in action and participatory research, facilitating workshops, design processes as well as project management. He is currently dividing time between Dhaka and London.
Arefin is director and co-founder of Paraa as well as founder of OPUS Studio in Dhaka. He is an architect with experiences in architectural and urban research, strategic planning, design, exhibition curation, workshop facilitation and project management. He is focused to sustainable approach to practicing architecture and his key interests are experimental and participatory design process, design education, and innovation by means of program, space and engagement.
Abbas is a director of Paraa and is a curator, filmmaker and producer. He is a graduate of Kings College, London (BA) and Imperial College (MBA). He has presented research and curated events at cultural and academic institutions across the world. He founded Openvizor in 2006, an international non-profit arts and cultural organisation based in London. Openvizor works with formal and informal networks to develop alternative processes and models of expression, education, organisation from the ground up.
Prince is our lead research co-ordinator and has an Master of Sciences from Jahangirnagar University. His focus is on developing the research process and addressing issues concerning the rights of communities.
Nibir is a photographer with interest of film making as well. She is the media and communications lead for Paraa. She tries to focus on social rights of people and to reflect their cultural identity through her works.
Focused on sustainable and environment friendly developments, Farasha explores innovative methods of interpreting the vernacular architecture and the culture of Bangladesh, through architecture and fashion. She graduated from the Department of Architecture, BRAC University (Bachelor of Architecture) and is currently working as a lecturer there. Farasha has a keen interest in organizing community outreach programs, designing value enhancing products and practicing educational art and installations.
A thriving young architect who recently graduated has joined the Paraa team to lead on a series of architectural projects. He is focused on design processes and developing ideas in collaboration with the communities that the architecture will serve. He has a keen interest in social entrepreneurship and sustainable architecture.
Rayed has finished his diploma in architecture from Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology. His focus on architecture to create a better surrounding for people and everything around them.
Abeer has accomplished his graduation from BUET at Urban and Regional Planning. He is interested in environmental planning, Geographic information system (GIS) and Disaster management, by working around the globe by means of application of his educational knowledge and expertise and improving himself through continuous learning process
Arshi is currently looking after Finance and Accounts of Paraa being in charge of Administrations.
MOINUL HUSSAIN DEEPTO
I am currently studying BBA at BRAC University, with my major on marketing. Alongside my academic studies, I am currently the director of Ajiyer, a fair trade tourism company.
If we look around us each and every possible thing has a marketing policy or strategy and working with Paraa as a marketing intern, I am able to exercise my creativity, explore ideas. Each day is a new experience.
NABILA RUHI NIRU
Nabila is currently studying BBA and leading our Bihari camp mapping and surveying project. Her interest is to establish social rights different communities and also rights of children.
SHAHID HUSSAIN SHAMIM
DANNY O’SULLIVAN & SURAIYA TUKU KHANOM
A dedicated team of volunteers that assist with research projects and events