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Sean Hill Architect

Sean Ronnie Hill



Sean Ronnie Hill was born in Ballymena and educated at the Manchester School of Architecture, obtaining a BArch in Architecture in 2005 and Diploma in 2007. He trained in Melbourne with Techné Architects, in Manchester with John McAslan + Partners, Arca and ADP before co-founding ARCHI-i in 2009 with Hugh Geoghegan in Dublin. He founded RISE Design Studio in 2011.

Sean leads the team, striving to deliver thoroughly researched solutions to varied architectural challenges. Having previously worked in design-focussed practices in Manchester and having co-founded a practice in Dublin at the height of the Irish recession, he has been exposed to, and excels in, all elements of the design and delivery of construction projects. Sean's architectural interests lie in the immediate visceral impact buildings have on a visitor.

Sean currently acts as a professional mentor for students from London South Bank University and has been involved in Architect in the House 2012 and 2013.

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Imran Jahn Architect

Imran Jahn


BA(Hons) MArch ARB

Imran studied at Manchester and the Bartlett before qualifying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. His career to date spans two decades at a number of high-profile design-led international practices prior to joining RISE in 2021. These include PLP as an Associate Partner, Grimshaw and Stanton Williams.

Imran is an award winning architect, with vast breadth and depth of experience delivering complex projects, utilising his technical ability and excellent drawing and 3D skills, bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the studio. His past projects include large skyline shaping mixed-use schemes in the city of London as well as educational and cultural projects throughout the UK and Europe.

He demonstrates an eye for detail and a keen interest in component design, as well as strong team leadership and ability to nurture junior team members.

Imran is also a keen tennis player, so when not running projects, you'll find him playing tennis in north London and occasionally in south of France.

Maria Lopez Mata Architectural Assistant

María López Mata

Project Architect

MA[Hons] MArch ARB

Maria was born in A Coruña, northern west Spain. She completed her Master's Degree of Architecture in the University of A Coruña, ETSAC and in the ETSAV-UPC el Vallés from Barcelona.

After working in several architectural offices in A Coruña and in Belfast she co-founded her own practice, a local architectural studio in which she was involved in different projects which ranged from urbanism to product design.

She is interested in participatory processes and in contextually sensitive design and construction.

Natsuka Muto Architectural Assistant

Natsuka Muto

Project Architect


Natsuka completed her architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow in 2012. She was awarded the Chairman's Medal for her final design thesis 'In Praise of Shadow' and also nominated the RIBA President's Silver Medal and the RIAS Rowand Anderson Silver Medal for best 5th year student.

She has gained experience in various architectural practices in Tokyo, Glasgow, London and Paris. At Elder and Cannon Architects, Glasgow, she contributed to some historical building projects in Scotland. At Shigeru Ban Architects Europe, she developed a wide range of technical detailing skills. She also worked at Maki and Associates, Tokyo, as part of the design team for a high-rise office tower before she joined RISE Design Studio.

Natsuka is interested in how materials effect on quality of space. She enjoys designing through collaborations.

Cristina Macia-Briedis

Cristina Macia-Briedis

Architect Assistant


Cristina grew up in Madrid, Spain, in a family of international contrasts. She completed her five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, California, where she graduated with distinction. During her formation years, she has worked as an intern in London (Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau) and in Madrid (Estudio Lamela) and participated in various architectural competitions. She is interested in interdisciplinary solutions to architectural proposals and in using the different scales of architecture as a tool for improving the natural and the built environment.

Alejandro Vega Tejada

Alejandro Vega Tejada

Consultant Architect

BA[Hons] MArch

Alejandro was born in Burgos, northern Spain. He studied his Master's Degree in Architecture between Madrid and Istanbul. During his studies he collaborated with ŞANALarc in Istanbul and Jose María Sanchez García in Madrid. After graduating in 2014 he worked at Mecanoo Architecten in Delft. Alejandro works as an architect consultant for RISE Design Studio pursuing his interests in projects over existing spaces and the materialization of sensitive and tangible architecture.

Emily Bennet

Emily Bennett

Architect Assistant

BSc (Hons) First Class

Emily is a qualified Part 1 Architectural Assistant having graduated with First Class Honours from Cardiff University in 2020. She takes inspiration from travelling, and strives to design in a way which is sensitive towards materiality, relevant concept and the environment – using architecture as a means to problem solve. Emily has worked in a Cardiff practice during her 2019 summer and looks forward to working for RISE Design studio before starting her MArch.


Ferran Blasco, Lierni Guerrero & Pedro Martín

Bogom, Barcelona


Hugh Geoghegan 

ARCHI-i, Dublin


Thank you for your interest in working with us.

At present there are no current vacancies, although we are continuously searching for talented people to join the team. Please note that we only accept hard copy CVs sent by post. We regret that we are unable to return any applications sent to us, so please keep your application concise.