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Thursday 19th April

Is modular and volumetric construction the way forward for residential design?

There has been significant growth in the use of modular and off site solutions for residential developments as the government and industry try to find ways to increase the supply and quality of new homes.

Come and join us as our expert panel discuss the context and appropriateness of their use.


  • Haven’t we been here before?

  • How do we optimise the benefits of advanced off-site solutions?

  • What are the procurement and design considerations?

  • How adaptable are they to legislative change?

  • Where are all these factories to build all these homes?


Zohra Chiheb 
Levitt Bernstein

Zohra has worked at Levitt Bernstein since 2014, and has particular expertise in the technical design and detail of residential buildings, often as part of large scale regeneration projects. She plays an active role in the Practice’s research activities and has contributed to a number of reports, papers and articles, as well as speaking at various industry events. She also sits on the RIBA’s Education Committee and is a Non-Executive Director of the CDS Cooperative Housing Association.

Paul Inch

Paul Inch started in construction 25 years ago. From early beginnings in high efficiency wood heating, flues and biomass, he moved to cement particle rainscreen cladding systems and Velux roof windows.


But for most of the last decade, his passion has been MMC and off-site solutions. It started with Kingspan, where Paul headed up off-site solutions for the residential market. Now Paul is head of Business Development for Innovaré Systems, helping both Education and Residential sectors to reap the huge benefits of off-site and SIPs based construction.

Michael Swiszczowski
Chapman Taylor

Michael is a Chartered Architect, and joined Chapman Taylor in 2016 to strengthen the practice’s residential expertise, becoming Associate Director later that year. He has experience working on award-winning residential projects, with a particular focus on Build-to-Rent, student accommodation and modular construction.


Michael is responsible for a number of city centre Build-to-Rent schemes. His experience in this growing sector, alongside his involvement in the completion of Chapman Taylor’s first fully modular building project, has led to Michael developing the practice’s own off-site housing model, Umbrellahaus®. He is also a RIBA-elected member of the Regional Council for RIBA North-West, and speaks regularly at panel events.


Chapman Taylor works collaboratively with Build-to-Rent clients, operators and stakeholders to achieve the very best design solutions. Using Building Information Modelling (BIM) in conjunction with the latest Virtual Reality technology, Chapman Taylor provides designs which are perfectly tailored to the needs of clients and residents alike.

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