Elao earned his undergraduate degree in architecture at the Namibia University of Science and Technology NUST, and his Master’s in Architecture at the University of Johannesburgs’ Graduate School of Architecture in South Africa. Elao has received a certificate of excellence as an 'Emerging Voice in African Architecture' from the inaugural Africa Architecture Awards 2017 in Cape Town, the 2016 Des Baker Award, and the 2019 Corobrik Award at the University of Johannesburg. He rejoined NUST as a Staff Development Fellow under the University’s Graduate Talent Acceleration Programme and is also a PhD student at the Architecture department with a research focus on contemporary African domesticity and housing in informal settlements. This research is concerned with bridging the gap between professional architectural knowledge and the realities of place in informal settlements to produce the future spatial typologies in African Cities.
M.Tech. Arch (UJ GSA), B. Arch (NUST), Ph.D. candidate NUST
NCAQS (No.736), NIA (No 529) Architect in Training.
Architectural Design (understudy) , Construction Technology (understudy)
Maio, Rui & Martin, Elao & Sojkowski, Jon & Ferreira, Tiago. (2017). Namibia's vernacular architecture: Insights towards the sustainable development of local communities. Ge-conservación. 1. 63-70.