Design Excellence

Design Excellence is the result of a strong team, focused on continuous development and refinement. KGA is passionate about great design, creativity and collaboration. Working in a design driven environment that encourages openness and critical thinking, a diverse range of skills and experiences gained all over the world are brought together in KGA’s projects.

The studio is a place of fertile cross-pollination, where ideas are shared, brainstorming is encouraged and talents are fostered through ongoing professional development. Design Director Christian Grennan oversees all projects, ensuring the energy and ideas of the team are harnessed towards the crafting of great spaces. General Manager Chris Kreis is focused on creating a supportive environment in which individuals — and the studio as a whole — can grow. 

KGA Team

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.

Felipe Zuniga

Project Designer
Bachelor of Architecture

Felipe has over 10 years experience in the architectural field. As a project designer at KGA, he enjoys the autonomy and freedom of design he is offered.

Originally from Colombia, Felipe brings with him a certain South American design influence and experience. His favourite part of the design process is the concept design, where he enjoys the opportunity to collaborate with other team members. Cooking, music and surfing are his hobbies outside of work hours and he describes the beach as his second home, enjoying the feeling of being connected with nature. 

Mikaela Black

Project Designer
Master of Architecture

Mikaela has over 7 years experience both in Australia and internationally, where she spent over 5 years living and working in Hong Kong. 

From a family with a construction background, she has dreamed of being an Architect since childhood. 
Mikaela enjoys the conceptual design phase, collaborating with the client and other team members to achieve well-thought out design solutions. She also has an eye for detail, and relishes the opportunity to be on site to see projects become reality.

Outside of the studio, Mikaela enjoys cooking up a feast, a glass of wine, and time spent outdoors.

Lin Lee

Graduate Designer
Master of Architecture

Originally from Malaysia, Lin worked for 6 years as an interior designer, before feeling a need for better integration between interior design and architecture and that neither should be designed in isolation. 

Aspiring to find a better integration between the two, she has recently completed a Master of Architecture degree and is bridging her old school way of thinking with new digital tools and systems. She describes herself as an 'Internet Junkie', who can spend hours perusing random online content. Outside Architecture, Lin enjoys a game a tennis and cats.

Ryan Dingle

Assistant Designer
Graduate of Architecture

Ryan comes from a landscaping and construction background and is currently studying a Masters of Architecture at University of Sydney. He has a particular interest in vernacular architecture of Australia. 

He loves learning new skills and gaining knowledge, while bringing a creative approach to construction to the team at KGA. Outside work Ryan is interested in zoology, gardening and enjoys camping, reading and making things. 

Thomas Choo

Graduate Designer
Master of Architecture

Thomas has a Master of Architecture from UNSW and  has worked on various projects over the past 5 years. 

Collaborating directly with clients is central to Thomas’s enjoyment of architecture,  working together with clients through the design, certification and construction phases.  His interests lie particularly in construction - understanding  how a building will come together, and  working with builders to ensure the architectural vision is achieved.  

Outside of architecture, Thomas is an avid traveler who has spent extended periods of time in Europe and Asia.  He also enjoys cooking, hiking, swimming and LEGO.

Aidan Lewis

Assistant Designer
Graduate of Architecture

Aidan is a recent graduate who has joined KGA to gain knowledge and experience. He enjoys working and learning in a team of likeminded creative professionals. 

His fascination of small spaces brings a different perspective of creating spaces that improve the amenity of people's lives. 

Outside the office, Aidan's interest are soccer and photography, besides music which has been a passion in his life over 14  years. 


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. 

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