Our studio

Established in 2009 by Emily and Frederik Rissom our studio has built its reputation on clear thinking, detailed knowledge and our enthusiasm for creating both enjoyable and useful designs. We work closely with clients to understand their needs and goals and overcome challenges by working creatively as a studio. Through careful problem analysis we develop simple elegant solutions and translate these into well-crafted designs for lasting buildings and the spaces between them.

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What people say about R2 STUDIO

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... puts the fun into functional...

“... the result was a innovative art space flooded with light, flexible with a cool design and fiercely practical...“

...full of inspirational ideas and extremely thorough in the execution of the project from start to finish...

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Our services

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R2 STUDIO works across a variety of sectors ranging from refurbishments to new build and from private domestic to public, educational and commercial projects.

We provide the full range of architectural services including:

  • Concept design studies
  • Feasibility checks
  • Planning applications
  • Conservation and listed building applications
  • Dulwich Estate applications
  • Construction drawings and specifications
  • Contract administration during construction
  • Site inspections through to completion


Our team

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Frederik Rissom, RIBA

Frederik founded R2 STUDIO in 2009 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. 

With German and Danish family heritage, Frederik 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 good 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.

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Emily Rissom, 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. 

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Anke Edwardes, Dipl.-Ing.

Anke joined R2 STUDIO in 2014 and since then has been working on 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.

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Matt Ludbrook, MArch 

Matt joined the practice in 2017 following his studies at Kingston University and 3 years working in Australia. Since then, he has worked on 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 has recently completed his Professional Practice in Architecture (RIBA part III) course for his final architectural qualification.

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Emily Williams, BArch

Emily has recently joined R2 STUDIO with previous experience designing residential extensions in a design and build company and is enjoying designing for a wider range of properties and projects. She loves to bring together functional spaces with unusual designs and has a strong interest in the different ways set design for TV and film blends with Architecture and exploring how to design for camera.