islands in the studio is a collaboration between Emma Filippides and Ben Rea based in London, England. Their work together is situated between architecture, research and socially engaged artistic practice. Their interest in critical practice seeks to uncover quietly radical ideas in how we live and in finding nuance in the world as found. They believe in architecture as a tool for fostering hospitality, care and meaningful relationships in community.

Emma Filippides (England, 1992) is a designer and architectural historian. She currently works at David Chipperfield Architects in London, developing new projects at their earliest stages. Emma has partnered with NU architectuuratelier and Veldwerk architecten on a variety of practice-based projects in Ghent, and previously worked on the delivery of publications, events and exhibitions at New London Architecture in London. She trained at London College of Communication, Goldsmiths University of London and The Bartlett, UCL.

Ben Rea (England, 1992) is an architect. He currently works at Tim Ronalds Architects in London and has previously worked as a collaborator with Marie-José van Hee and Robbrecht en Daem architecten in Ghent, and Haworth Tompkins in London. Ben has also worked as an architectural consultant for Carovana SMI (Sound Movement Image), a dance company and arts charity in Cagliari, Sardinia. He trained at the University of Sheffield and Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland.

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