Steve Layton

Principal LGM & ELIA | ELIA & LGM Director | Architect | Kuala Lumpur



Steve is the founding principal of ELIA Architecture and LGM Architecture, having over 30 years of practice experience in Malaysia and South East Asia.

As Group Director Asia of one of Australia’s largest architectural      practices, and later as principal of LGM Architecture, he has been project director on a vast number of international projects in several countries around the world. These include high-rise residential buildings, commercial towers and master plans for residential townships.  The pinnacle of his experience in this field was the FIABCA Commercial Building of the Year 1994 awarded to “Wisma Goldhill” office tower.

Steve’s approach to the running of his practice has always been “hands on” with a passion for concept design and project implementation.  Using the most up-to-date materials and techniques available, he has been successful in matching the architectural concept with innovative construction principals, development budgets, location and time constraints.

Steve also has extensive experience in master planning and urban design of large scale residential developments in remote and difficult terrain sites. His attention to creating innovative lifestyle concepts settled within the natural contour has won him commissions in many countries outside of Australia.


Professional Experience

  • Since 1978

Qualifications & Registration

  • Bachelor of Architecture (QUT) 
  • Registered Architect – Board of Architects Queensland 
  • Fellow – Australian Institute of Architects

Countries Worked

  • Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia & India


  • FIABCI Commercial Building of the Year 1994
  • QMBA Commercial Building of the Year 1991 Niecon Plaza, Gold Coast Australia
  • QMBA Home Units of the Year 1990 Points North, Hervey Bay Australia
  • Interbuild Australia Design Award 1987
  • James Hardy Prize in Architecture 1986
  • CMAA Australian Architecture Award 1986
  • Australian Architecture Design Competition Finalist 1986
  • James Hardy Prize in Architecture 1986

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