Matthew Seddon

23rd February 2016

Yorkshire Post - On The Spot

Matt Seddon is an Associate Director at the award-winning innovative Architects practice Brewster Bye, which is based in Leeds.

What was your first job?

Working for Lancashire County Council doing Road Traffic Counts and Road Traffic Census Surveys on the roads around Blackpool.

If you weren't in your present position, what would you be doing?

I spent many years working in the Charities sector and many of my friends there gradually shifted from architecture into Local Authority and voluntary sector posts, so I would probably be working for Voluntary Action or something similar.

What's the worst mistake you've ever made?

Attempting anything relating to sport!

What's your ideal day away from the office?

Being with the family, we really enjoy visiting some of Yorkshires historic properties.

Name one person you'd like to have dinner with and why?

It is my 21st wedding anniversary tonight, so I am already having it!

What was your best subject at school?

History of Architecture. I can’t remember if wanting to be an architect made me do this or the other way round – either way I loved the subject.

What are your hobbies?

My life is mostly spent shuttling my daughter from one swimming pool to another. So I get plenty of reading time in the humid confines of Pudsey, Kippax and John Charles pools!

What would you do if you won the lottery?

Look after friends and family. Listen to the world more and do more of what I do now.

What's your top time saving tip?

Putting my glasses down in the same spot every night would save me a lot of time – just ask my wife!

What's your favourite time of day?

A misty November morning is my ideal time of day.

What's your favourite item of clothing?

A decent pair of Oxfords – the ideal gentleman’s pair of shoes.

What's the best thing about being in Yorkshire?

Walking around York on a quiet early morning. Being in Architecture gets you on top of many buildings, but seeing the city from the ground upwards gives you a very different view of how everything works, lives and breathes.

What would your epitaph be?

I tried to live forever, but died in the attempt. Better luck next time!