Elia studied at the Technical School of Nicosia, graduating in 1997.
Elia collaborated with Horwath DSP Ltd International Accounting Company between 1998 and 1999 and then worked at Dikaios Architects until 2000. Between 2004 and 2005 she worked for the Technical Services of the University of Cyprus as an Architectural designer.
In 2000 she joined Eraclis Papachristou Architects. During her time at the office Elia has established herself as a pivotal member of a growing team, participating in the most prestigious and complex projects of the office including the Engineering Faculty of the University of Cyprus and the Labs Tower.