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directors + partners

George Elphick was born in 1958 in Harrismith, South Africa. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture (1982) at the University of Natal and is also Emma Smith Art Scholar and Le Sueur Scholar (travelling scholarships for design excellence. He established a private practice in 1987 and became one of the founding partners of epa in 1989. He has served as design critic for five national universities over a 20 year period. Completed projects over a 30 year period have included the design and implementation of large corporate offices, mixed use developments and high rise apartments, as well as numerous private residential and interior design commissions spread across seven African countries.


Nicholas (Nick) Proome was born in 1959 in Choma, Zambia. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture (1987) at the University of Natal. He began working with MLH & Hamlin Architects in 1981 and became an associate in 1988. The following year, he formed epa together with George Elphick. Specific areas of experience include Master Planning of Medical Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Hotel Planning. His specific expertise is at the inception and implementation stages of large commercial and industrial projects requiring co-ordination of all aspects of the project to ensure economic viability and subsequent construction.

Jonathan Hall was born in 1972 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture Summa Cum Laude in 1994 at the University of Natal. After graduating, he joined epa and became associate in 2000 and partner in 2005. During his career at epa, projects have included design and contract management of a range of retail, industrial, mixed use, multi-storey residential, and office park developments. Projects undertaken within neighboring states include amongst others, The Swaziland International Trade Exhibition Centre.

Stefano Fragola was born in 1973 in Genoa, Italy. He earned a Master's Degree in Architecture in 2001 at the Faculty of Architecture in Genoa. After graduating he gained experience at an architectural practice in Genoa and joined epa in 2004. As project architect for large corporate offices, industrial, residential and commercial developments Stefano became a senior associate of the practice in 2009 and a partner in 2011.

Mark Govindasami was born in 1973 in Durban, South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Architectural Technology in 1996 from M.L. Sultan Technikon. Having gained technical experience in two Durban practices, he returned to study at the University of Natal, earning a bachelor of Architecture in 2003. He joined epa in 2005 and has been project architect for hotel, industrial and corporate office developments. He became an associate in the practice in 2006 and a partner in 2011.