Po-Ming Chou

Po-Ming Chou

Providence, RI, US



I am a maker. I design with my hands and learn from them. However, it doesn’t diminish my exploration in the digital realm, which allows me to design, visualize, and communicate from a different perspective.

I am a chef. I enjoy the experiment of adding the same ingredient at a different time, yielding different end results. Architecture  is similar.

I want to design communities. I believe that architects connect people to places. Only through architecture does places become inhabitable and meaningful.


Ultramoderne, Providence, RI, US, Architectural Designer

Exhibition design, fabrication, and project management:
Managed project from conception to realization. At early stage, we worked as a team to set up standards and visual language for the exhibition. Through mockups and CAD modeling, modular furniture was designed with high attention to manufacturing strategy. In three weeks, I designed the exhibition, scheduled logistics, constructed exhibition furniture, and fabricated physical models on-display.

Interior renovation design and construction administration:
Contributed to the project team from CD phase to construction administration. With supervision, I materialized concepts into renderings, samples, construction documents, shop drawings, and in the last stage, overlook through the construction from demolition to renovation.

Design-built experience:
Co-managed the project from early stages of site analysis and precedent studies to physical construction that included material sourcing and on-site arrangements.

Dec 2015 - current

Rhode Island School of Design, Architecture Department, Providence, RI, US, Teaching Assistant

TA for Urban Design Principles & Architectural Analysis

Feb 2016 - Dec 2016

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Architecture BEB Gallery, Providence, RI, US, Gallery Exhibition Assistant

Sep 2015 - May 2016

TGroups Architects & Planners, Taipei, TW, Architectural Designer

Liaison and relationship manager :
Coordinated and negotiated client needs, goals, and possibilities with support from Senior Design Associate. This is a 3-stage development. The project will be up and running at the end of Stage 1, while the construction continues. Accordingly, considerable time and planning was involved in managing logistics and calculating square footages for each construction stage.

Masterplan and schematic design:
Analyzed forces and possibilities for the development. These included traffic, nature, neighborhood studies, and zoning ordinances. Then, I produced plans, sections, visual presentations, and physical models to relay our visions while fulfilling client’s needs. Various schemes were developed and studied during the SD phase.

Developmental and technical support:
Supported the design and drawing of construction documents while producing a detailed model to elaborate design intentions and construction methods. With supervision, I successfully liaised with relevant structural engineers and other contractors in the decision sign off according to economic and practical needs.

Jan 2014 - Aug 2015


Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), MArch, M.Arch I

AIA Henry Adams Award

Jun 2014 - Jun 2017

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Bachelors, Industrial Design

James Scholar Honor

Aug 2008 - May 2012

Areas of Specialization