Mick Pearce
Mick Pearce
Mick Pearce
Born (1938-02-06) February 6, 1938 (age 83)
EducationDiploma of Architecture (Hons), Architectural Association, London 1962 RIBA, MIAZ.
  • Architect

Mick Pearce is an award winning Zimbabwean born architect known mostly for his have designed one of Zimbabwe's most iconic buildings, Eastgate Centre. He won the Environment 2000, Award of Excellence, in 1999, for the Eastgate design. Pearce has also done a lot of work in Zambia, England, Australia and Belgium. He has been referred to as "among the most ingenious critical tropicalist architects practising today"[1]


Pearce designed and supervised the Eastgate Centre building with the assistance of Arup engineers. He modeled the building on a termite mound which are common in Zimbabwe. The building is ventilated, cooled and heated mostly through natural means only using 10% of what other similarly sized buildings would use on temperature control. This effectively lowers the cost of temperature control for the building.

Other Designs in Zimbabwe

In the early 1980s, Mick Pearce produced a series of buildings: five major commercial office blocks, university buildings, a major hospital, a Hindu temple and an international school.

  • Chinhoyi Provincial Hospital (1990-1995), Chinhoyi. In charge of inception, briefing and design for this new hospital including site planning, housing and the Training School.
  • Land Management Building, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zimbabwe (1986). Project Architect for all stages of work on a mixed-use campus building: including laboratories, lecture halls and offices.
  • Hindoo Temple, Harare
  • 101 Union Avenue Harare
  • Harare International School
  • Students' Residences, University of Zambia, Lusaka. Project Architect.
  • Milk Processing Factory, Lusaka for the Dairy Marketing Board, Zambia
  • Rural Secondary Schools in Choma, Chama and Chongwe, Zambia: Designer and Project Architect.

Prizes and Awards


  • Awarded the 2003 Prince Claus Award for Culture and Development. This award covers participants in Africa, South and Central America, and Asia
  • British Civic Trust Award. For the conversion of All Saints Church in Newcastle-Upon Tyne 1982.
  • First prize, Fulton Award, Concrete Society of Southern Africa, 1997 for Eastgate
  • Steel Construction Award, 1997, Winner for Eastgate
  • International Design and Development Awards Programme of International Council of Shopping Centres, 1997, for Eastgate ICSC Certificate of Merit, 1997, for innovative design and construction of a new centre (Eastgate) (USA)
  • AAMSA Cladding Award, South Africa Certificate of MERIT 1998, for Eastgate
  • Short-listed for the Aga Khan Award 1999 for Eastgate
  • British Steel Design Sense for Architecture, 2000, short-listed in the top six for Eastgate


  • AIZ Award of Excellence, 1994, for the Hindoo Temple, Harare
  • AZ Honourable Mention, 1994 for 101 Union Avenue Harare
  • AIZ, Merit in Architecture, 1999, for Chinhoyi Hospital
  • AIZ, Commended Design 1999, for Harare International School
  • Environment 2000, Award of Excellence, 1999, for Eastgate


  1. Mick Pearce CV, Retrieved:17 October 2015,