PEOPLE


Our experience and range of design skills gained all over the world allows us to craft distinctive spaces to live, work and play.

KGA's creative output is driven by a collaboration between architect & builder Christian Grennan, and project manager & property developer Chris Kreis. 

Christian Grennan

Design Director
Principal Architect

Born into a family of makers, Christian has worked as an architect for more than 25 years both locally and internationally on multi-residential and mixed-use projects. He takes great pleasure in learning from all those around him — clients, professionals, tradespeople and the team at KGA — enjoying the process of crafting unique spatial solutions for people to enjoy.

Christian currently lectures in design and construction at UNSW. His interests outside of architecture and design include woodwork, metalwork, contemporary art and film, nature, poetry and landscape design. 

Registered Architect #8036, Builder’s Licence, Bachelor Philosophy

Chris Kreis

Managing Director
Project Manager

Chris loves working with people and property, a joy that has developed over 25 years in the architecture and property development industries. Managing development projects, he enjoys the delivery of unexpected design solutions to clients to achieve a better outcome. He applies both precision and creativity to project management, providing solutions to complex challenges that enable projects to come to life.

When away from the studio, Chris enjoys spending time with family and being in nature hiking, camping, climbing, skiing and diving. His passions for travel and photography go hand-in-hand, while he stays mentally and physically balanced by practicing yoga.

Romina Rodriguez

Graduate Designer
Master of Architecture

Romina relocated to Australia from Argentina in 2017, where she graduated with an architecture master degree in 2011.

She has a special interest in ecological and low cost construction, making buildings more accessible for the public. 

Besides architecture, Romina likes to draw, run in nature, cook, read and learning new things. 

Jacob Shaw

Graduate Designer
Master of Architecture

Jacob has a Master of Architecture degree from the University of New South Wales and has worked on various scale of projects over the past five years. 

Collaborating with client is central to Jacob's joy in architecture, working together through design, certification and construction phases. 

Outside architecture, Jacob is caring for his dachshund Ralph, and if time allows, enjoys surfing, snowboarding, cooking, photography and travelling. 

Carolin Schmidt

Project Designer
Master of Architecture

Originally from south Germany, Carolin completed her Master of Architecture degree in Munich. An exchange program in 2019  brought her to Sydney, where she fell in love with the lifestyle and decided to stay in Australia. 

Carolin's design philosophy is rooted in a love for minimal aesthetics, emphasising the conscious use of natural materials  inspired by Japanese and European design. 

Beyond architecture Carolin is passionate about travelling, meditation, exercise, being close to the ocean and is often seen outside with her Labrador Leo. 

George Anicic 

Student Designer 
Graduate of Architecture


Mies

Office Dog

Doctorate in quality control and fun (these are not mutually exclusive).

Mies has kept things moving at KGA for over 4 years and does whatever is necessary to keep the team functioning well, as well as checking the bins to ensure nothing edible goes to waste. 

She has amazing sleeping skills, great stress management and a strong minimalistic aesthetic.

When not in the office Mies enjoys running, swimming and playing with balls