Our team

Emily Rissom

Architect M.ARCH RIBA

Emily leads the practice with Frederik. She is an experienced architect and interior designer and trained in the UK and the USA. Emily has led many high-profile projects and brings her strong focus of aesthetics and functionality to the team. She has an eye for space and colour and enjoys developing the clients’ ideas into inclusive and engaging environments.

Frederik Rissom

Architect DIPL. ING. RIBA

Frederik founded R2 with Emily with the aim to provide bespoke design services and set up collaborations with inspiring clients and stakeholders. He is an experienced architect who has led high-profile projects winning national design awards in the USA and UK. Frederik has German and Danish family heritage, grew up in France and trained as an architect in Germany and the UK.

Frederik is particularly passionate about the environmental impact of buildings and continues to promote passive design solutions such as the use of daylight and high thermal performance as part of his work and university teaching. He is the studio’s driving force for well-detailed, considered and buildable solutions that create spaces with a strong narrative.

Anke Edwardes

Architect DIPL. ING. ARB

Anke joined R2 STUDIO in 2014 and since then has led numerous projects from inception to completion. She delights in pulling all the strands of the design process together to form a cohesive and functional scheme.

After training as an architect in Berlin with a specialism in building conservation and creative re-use Anke worked in Zurich on a variety of innovative conservation projects in the housing and commercial sector.

Matt Ludbrook

Architect M.ARCH ARB

Matt joined the practice in 2017 following his studies at Kingston University and 3 years working in Australia. Since then, he has led a range of projects at all stages using his interest in both the wider concepts and the finer elements of design to create useful and enjoyable architecture. He has a particular enthusiasm towards the detailing of projects to add personality and unity to the design. Matt completed his Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA part III) course for his final architectural qualification while working with R2.

Finley Hartless

B.ARCH

Finley joined the team in 2022 after receiving a bachelor’s degree with first class honours and has already garnered recognition for his work. Finley was nominated for the prestigious RIBA bronze medal award for his thesis project on a puppet factory in Berlin, demonstrating an innovative approach to designing spaces that promote production, learning and empowerment. In his spare time Finley enjoys playing music and exploring the city.

Anna Norman

Operations Manager

Anna joined the R2 team in 2021 to assist in the day to day management of the studio. She has more than 7 years operations management experience including HR and finance administration, also systems and process management.

Awards

Don't Move, Improve! Award 2023 - Winner, Materiality and Craftsmanship PrizeSee Brückenhaus project

Dezeen Awards 2021 - LonglistedSee Ash House project

Don't Move, Improve! Award 2020 - Finalist, overall categorySee Offset House project

Don't Move, Improve! Award 2020 - Finalist, Urban Oasis PrizeSee Ash House project

Häuser Award 2019 - Auszeichnung, sustainability awardSee Ash House project

Don't Move, Improve! Award 2019 - Finalist, overall categorySee Long House project

Don't Move, Improve! Award 2017 - Winner, Best Historic InterventionSee Delawyk Modular project

Testimonials

[R2] provided a fantastic design that worked on a number of levels, successfully navigated a tricky planning permission process for us and [were] there to provide valuable input throughout construction. [They] brought great passion, energy, vision and commitment to our project, for which we are very grateful.

Oliver, client in Lewisham
See Ash House

Press

Why I fitted a spa in my London terraced houseTHE SUNDAY TIMES - read here (paywall)

‘The cobalt blue felt like a risk’: a daring revamp of a dated houseTHE GUARDIAN - read here

R2 Studio adds hole-punched staircase made of ash wood to London houseDEZEEN - read article here

Makeover masterclass: reinventing the period semiTHE SUNDAY TIMES - read here (paywall)

R2 Studio enlivens Victorian London home with bold colour paletteDEZEEN - read article

Meet the Londoners who have added 70sq ft of space without an extension - turning a tired Sixties Dulwich house into an award-winning family homeEVENING STANDARD - read here

Former London council home remodelled to create bright and open living spaceDEZEEN - read here

How to use colour in a London home: couple shuns neutral white and goes bold with lime green floors and bright red staircaseEVENING STANDARD - read here

Ten bright and bold interiors that make use of colour theoryDEZEEN - read here

AJ Small Projects 2017: staff favouritesARCHITECT'S JOURNAL - see project

Character evolutionGRAND DESIGNS MAGAZINE - see Sheen House project