The principal coordinator of Seed Consultants, Kirsten Hay graduated from RMIT University in 2002 with First Class Honours. Formerly a criminal lawyer, upon completing her architectural degree Kirsten returned to Perth to work alongside Robert Allan and other design professionals to form Seed Consultants.

In 2009 Kirsten moved to Sydney and now has projects in NSW and Perth, travelling back to Western Australia to oversee projects there.
Kirsten has a diverse portfolio, her work ranges from small domestic gardens to residential and commercial architecture to master planning communities. As a founding director of Habitat for Humanity’s Perth affiliate Kirsten provides direction to the implementation of sustainability principles in the design and construction of their housing projects. Kirsten has also been involved with the design of sustainable social housing for property developers, private co-operative groups as well as public housing agencies. She has also lead development projects for Aboriginal organisations in Perth, designing masterplans and provided research and development reports on a number of Aboriginal cultural and social projects.

Kirsten works closely with clients to develop their brief into an innovative and cost effective design that responds to the environmental context of their project. We take a holistic approach to all project briefs, looking at the entire site to create an elegant design solution. All Kirsten’s projects integrate sustainable strategies into the design from the outset. The scheme’s form, materials, orientation, siting, day lighting and ventilation are considered in relation to the local landscape and climate. Whenever possible, sustainable technologies are also incorporated to enhance the building’s environmental performance.

We are committed to the public promotion of regionally responsive and environmentally sensitive design. We are engaged in ongoing research into passive thermal design, sustainable building technologies, non-toxic materials, wastewater reuse/recycling, minimization of water usage and the impacts of building activity on site and wider environment.

Education
2002 B.Architecture with Honours First Class RMIT University
1992 Admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia
1991 LLB University of Western Australia

Professional Experience
2003 Current Principal at Seed Consultants, a multidisciplinary group of design professionals based in Sydney.
2004 A founding director of Habitat for Humanity Western Australia
2003 Design & Architectural History tutor at the University of Western Australia part-time
2001 – 2002 NH Architects, worked part-time drafting & model making while studying, Melbourne
1998 Lyon Architects, worked part-time drafting & model making while studying, Melbourne
1997 Kovac Architects, worked part-time drafting & model making while studying, Melbourne
1991 – 1993 Solicitor at Kott Gunning Barristers & Solicitors, Perth