Seya Tansill

Senior Associate Technologist, Head of Design for Manufacture

In 2019 Seya took a seven month sabbatical to travel the world. Her experiences intensified her view of the climate emergency and the critical impact our industry has on preserving the planet.

Seya works across all sectors collaborating with our sector specialists to develop our long-held pedigree in Modern Methods of Contruction and Sustainability. She has a firm belief we should never stop learning and strives to continually improve process through project-led work.

Why is DfMA so important for the long-term future of construction?

DfMA will pave the way for the next generation. It has the potential to respond most effectively to industry issues such as skills shortages, waste, sustainability and quality. Factories can attract a diverse workforce, whilst controlled environments have greater potential to enable technology uptake which will drive automation and digitisation and, in turn, attract innovative young minds.

What key benefit will DfMA bring to the industry in the next 5 years?

The ability to collect and monitor data through the construction phase, embedding BIM processes and enabling the opportunity for category 7 techniques. We will be able to respond more effectively to the climate emergency by proving product and process strength through data monitoring, testing and analysis.

How do you predict Net Zero Carbon will change the industry?

I am really excited to see an upturn in data collection through post occupancy evaluation to prove the path towards Net Zero. This information provides an invaluable tool for us to learn, continually improve and validate sustainable design.

I predict Passivhaus will become a more common design standard; Net Zero Carbon drives towards closing the performance gap as energy is reported in use. The Passivhaus Planning Package demands advanced quality control with a wide sphere of criteria, therefore, in my view, the most effective method of assessment.

I also think we’ll see behavioural change. Designing to Net Zero can be a challenge as we have to consider unregulated energy. But we will start to learn how our behaviour impacts energy demand as buildings report unregulated activity.

What inspired you to pursue architecture?

Both my parents are architects. I spent my youth roaming their self-build site, helping them fulfil the roles of architect, site manager and construction worker in one. I became handy with a hammer whilst setting an early path into the industry.

What is your favourite hobby?

Aside from my new-found love of travel, sport is a large part of my life. I love to get out on the golf course, it provides me with access to greenery in the city, a yearning from my childhood spent in the welsh countryside.

Industry bodies:
  • McCarthy and Stone, Southern Property Awards 2017