People

Nicola Rutt

Nicola Rutt

Founding Director

BA(Hons), Grad Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA

Nicola has developed a reputation over twenty years for the transformation of large, complex sites for workplace-led projects. Following the success of Here East, the transformation of the London 2012 Olympic media hub, she went on to lead the concept design for Canada Water’s Printworks and complete a research study, ‘Industrial Rehab’.

Re-use and innovation are recurring themes in Nicola’s design and written work, with recent projects reworking late twentieth-century business parks and commercial buildings to cater for a more diverse tenant mix.

As a former Partner and Head of Workplace at Hawkins\Brown, Nicola completed projects across the residential, education, arts, and workplace sectors. Nicola is a judge for the RIBA Awards, a member of the TEDI Strategic Advisory Board and a Speaker for Schools. She was a finalist for the Architect’s Journal W Awards for Excellence in Practice 2020, recognising women’s contribution to the architectural profession.

Seth Rutt

Seth Rutt

Founding Director

BA(Hons), Grad Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA, Certified Passive House Designer

Seth accumulated over 25 years of experience before setting up Studio Multi in 2021. He has a passion for housing design, with specialist expertise in build-to-rent housing, co-living, large-scale apartment developments and estate regeneration. He has worked for both public and private sector clients, understanding the needs and motivations of each. 

Committed to low energy residential design, Seth is a Certified Passivhaus Designer and has featured in broadcast media relating to his work on Camden Council’s Agar Grove Passivhaus regeneration project.

Seth is a former Partner and Head of Residential and Mixed Use at Hawkins\Brown, where he worked across a range of sectors including residential, workplace, arts, retail, civic, education, student residential and transport projects. During his tenure there, he featured in the Architect’s Journal’s 40 under 40 Class of 2005. Seth is a member of Design Review Panels for Enfield, Harrow, and St Albans.

Emma Lynn

Emma Lynn

Founding Director

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB

Emma leads Studio Multi’s Amsterdam office. She has broad experience in a diverse range of award-winning projects, working internationally in Dublin, London, and Copenhagen. Her interest is in the spaces between buildings - the streets, squares, and thresholds where life takes place.

Before becoming a founding member of Studio Multi, she worked with Schulze+Grassov urban designers in Copenhagen, working on The Design District in London and the rejuvenation of Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. Prior to that she was an Associate at Hawkins\Brown, working on the Agar Grove Passivhaus regeneration project and the Epping Forest District Museum.

Emma is an Expert Advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment in Northern Ireland and a member of the London Borough of Lambeth Design Review Panel. She is a registered architect in both the UK and the Netherlands and is an affiliate member of the Landscape Institute.

Petr Kalab

Petr Kalab

Senior Architect

BA(Hons), Grad Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA

Petr has been a UK-registered architect since 2008. Before joining Studio Multi in 2022, he was a Partner at Hawkins\Brown.

He has worked across several sectors including residential, workplace, education and cultural projects. Many of these were in close collaboration with Studio Multi directors Seth Rutt and Nicola Rutt, including the RIBA National Award-winning 53 Great Suffolk Street in Southwark.

Rasmus Pikk

Rasmus Pikk

Architect

BA(Hons), MA, ARB

Rasmus studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, Design and Conservation in Copenhagen, TU Delft and Manchester School of Architecture.

Previously Rasmus worked at Níall McLaughlin Architects and Hawkins\Brown on several award-winning residential, higher education and public projects across the UK.

Signe Pelne

Signe Pelne

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Signe studied at the University of Westminster, graduating with first-class honours. Whilst working with Studio Multi, she is studying at the Royal College of Art for her Diploma.

Prior to joining Studio Multi, she also worked for Hawkins\Brown Architects on several office and educational projects across the UK.

Anastasiya Nachas

Anastasiya Nachas

Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)

Anastasiya graduated from the University of Cambridge. She previously worked at Studio d’Avoine on several residential, cultural, and public projects across the UK and abroad.

Alfie Gee

Alfie Gee

Architectural Assistant

BSc(Hons)

Alfie studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, graduating with first-class honours.

He is interested in making buildings that can live beyond their immediate design and work for unexpected cultures, people, and climate.

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