Silia Sequeira

Silia Sequeira

Corvallis, OR, US



Currently I'm finishing an MS/Interior Design @ Oregon State University on aging-in-place residential environments; things like how people adapt their homes as they age, and which adaptions are most successful. My very special niche looks at how tiny houses (those wee houses on trailers) can integrate aging-in-place design.

I also research collaborative workplaces and how they help or hinder productivity. At the awesome Wood Sciences department I have been having a blast taking classes in subjects related to building construction, life cycle analysis, and sustainable materials.

I co-teach or assist in undergrad ID studios; my contributions include focus on design communication, concept development, and technology applications.

As a space analyst and CAD drafter at Capital Planning at OSU I coordinated with my team to develop and maintain campus space inventory and accompanying CD documentation. This is way, way more fun than it sounds. 

On a personal note I live in Corvallis with Orson the Pug, Mathilda the Cat, and Ian the Recovering Film Student. My favorite films, as I type, are Blade Runner and 2046. I have a very precise martini order. I like my steaks rare.



School of Design and Human Environment | Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANT

Provided instructional support in Interior Design studios and conducted design-based research.

• Specialized in design communication, technology applications (Revit, Adobe CC, CAD), and construction
documentation curriculums across all levels of undergraduate studios.
• Conducted post-occupancy evaluation of collaborative and workplace areas in recently constructed Austin Hall.
• Explored research questions related to aging-in-place, daily activites, and residential environments.

Sep 2014 - current

Capital Planning & Development | Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, US, ARCHITECTURAL DRAFTER & SPACE ANALYST

Promoted from intern; recipient of annual Finance and Administration award recognizing student lead contributions to Space Planning team.

• Created, consolidated, and maintained complex architectural floor plan drawings using AutoCAD, AiMCAD, and
AiMIQ asset management tools.
• Applied existing code structure, as well as FICM standards, to maintain and inventory space, which served OSU
Finance & Administration, Capital Planning, and Space Management goals.
• Active in quality control, manipulation, and interpretation of space data and associated crosswalks; engaged
technology support team to create programmatic solutions to issues compromising data integrity.

Jun 2013 - Sep 2014

Craft Center | Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, US, INTERIOR DESIGN INTERN

Assisted in establishing and advocating for Center’s interests in new-construction design development meetings with University committees, staff, and collaborating architects, engineers, and advisors.

May 2012 - May 2013


Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, US, Masters, Interior Design | School of Design and Human Environment | College of Business

with minor in Wood Sciences

MS Thesis: S. Sequeira. "Tiny houses: Design architectural typicals & challenges of incorporating
aging-in-place design."

This exploration aims to catalog tiny homes by their common design aspects—establishing tiny house
typicals—and explore how these typicals help or hinder aging-in-place. This comparative case study will
also examine logical improvements for each typical, challenges for integrating aging-in-place design,
and propose future avenues of inquiry for this nascent area in design and housing research.

Sep 2014 - current

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, US, Bachelors, Interior Design | School of Design and Human Environment | College of Business

with minor in Business and Entrepreneurship

Sep 2010 - Mar 2014

Areas of Specialization