About me


Architecture and climate

Elaine McKendry Architect is a much sought after, highly creative, small practice focusing on subtropical, contemporary, residential architectural design.

Based in Fig Tree Pocket and working in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, we aim to create ‘homes’ not houses.  Our bespoke residential architectural design utilises passive design strategies, such as responding to the local climate, optimizing building orientation, capturing daylight and breezes for natural ventilation; resulting in energy efficient, sustainable homes.

The client is our priority, and working closely with you from Concept Design to completion of your Dream Home, we ensure you have a stress-free, enjoyable building process. Albeit a New House, Renovations,  Alterations & Additions to Existing Dwellings, Interior Design and Landscape Design, we help you define and create what you want to build, present options you may never have considered and help you get the most for your budget.

Our vision and goal is to create efficient, flexible, light-filled, indoor-outdoor, comfortable architectural spaces that accommodate and enhance their occupants’ lives.  Each home is designed to be ‘lived in’, where you feel at ease, belong in surroundings that reflect your personal taste and pleasures, a unique architecture that ages well and continues to lift your spirits.



This is what I do.

Architect Studio


We continue to be delighted with our beautifully renovated home. As an architect, your sensitivity to our needs, and the way we wanted to use our house, was exceptional. Most importantly, however, your personal warmth and genuine interest in the outcome will always remain with us.


We just wanted to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ for all you have done for us over the past year. Elaine, it was not just the inspiringly beautiful designs you gave us to create a new home. You also gave us hope in dark days and we’ll always remember that.


Your firm, but equitable working relationship with our builder, during the build, and your assistance in shaping the project after its initiation, has made the difference between the project being just successful and it being a rewarding experience.


Thank you for completely transforming our previously disjointed house, into a spacious, light breezy family home. We are absolutely delighted with the new layout and find we now use all the spaces. We admire your work and completely trust in your judgement. I’m not sure if we would have had the courage to embark on the Reno without you on board!


Thank you Elaine, you were key to me realising my dream home.


You have done a great job in making our old house look great again. Renovating is never a fun time but the results are well and truly worth it. I'm in love with these Renos!