Chris Gay

ELIA Director | Architect | Toowoomba



As a senior architect, Chris has extensive experience in a wide range of building types, including health care, education, housing, institutional buildings, commercial and leisure and tourism. 

After ten years as a partner in the largest architectural firm in Namibia (in Southern Africa), Chris immigrated to New Zealand in 1998 and then later to Australia. 

He has worked on residential, commercial and institutional projects in all three countries, joining ELIA in mid-2006. Chris has managed the Toowoomba office of the practice since January 2007. 

Chris delights in designing buildings that are appropriate and well-considered solutions to the brief’s requirements. His personal challenge is to produce designs that totally reflect their context in terms of location, climate, and social and cultural responses. He prides himself in delivering projects that meet his client’s expectations at all levels.


Professional Experience

  • Since 1981

Qualifications & Registration

  • Bachelor of Building Arts (UPE, South Africa)
  • Bachelor of Architecture (UPE, South Africa)
  • Registered Architect – Board of Architects Queensland
  • Fellow – Australian Institute of Architects

Countries Worked

  • Australia, New Zealand, Namibia, PNG & South Africa


Offices Held

  • RAIA Awards 2005 – Regional Award Reliance Factory & Offices, Brisbane (with Robert Biscoe of Biscoe Wilson Architects) 
  • Namibia Institute of Architects Awards 1997 – Commendation National Institute for Educational Development
  • Namibia Institute of Architects Awards 1995 – Commendation First National Bank Head Office
  • Namibia Institute of Architects Awards 1995 – Commendation St Mary’s Cathedral Extensions
  • Namibia Institute of Architects Awards 1991 – Commendation Additions to St Georges School
  • AIA Darling Downs Region – Chair since 2010 
  • TRC Heritage Advisory Committee – Member since 2011
  • Toowoomba Architects’ Group (TAG) – Convenor since 2010
  • Urban Development Institute of Australia – Member 
  • Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce & Industry -Member
  • Namibia Institute of Architects – President
  • Namibia Council for Architects – Member

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