founding director
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 a Emma Smith Art Scholar and Le Sueur Scholar, both post graduate 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 25 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

founding director
Nicholas (Nick) Proome was born in 1959 in Choma, Zambia. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture (1987) at the University of Natal and he began working with MLH & Hamlin Architects in 1981 to become 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, and design of hospitals and hotels. Nick enjoys specific expertise at the inception and through the implementation stages of large projects requiring extensive co-ordination

design director
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. Jonathan became the design director of the practice in 2018

technical director
Mark Govindasami was born in 1973 in Durban, South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Architectural Technology (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 (2003). He joined epa in 2005 and has been project architect for hotel, industrial and corporate office developments. Mark was promoted to an associate in the practice in 2006, a partner in 2011 and to technical director of the practice in 2018

partner
Greg Gordge was born in 1978 in Durban, South Africa. He began his architectural studies at the University of Natal in 1999 and was awarded the David Haddon Prize and the O’Brien brown scholarship in 2003 and 2004 respectively. He graduated from the University of Natal in 2005 winning the Corobrik Regional student of the year award. Upon graduation Greg worked extensively on various institutional and residential projects before joining EPA in 2009. Greg became an associate of the practice in 2015 and a Partner in 2017. Recent experience includes a range of residential, hospitality and commercial developments both locally and abroad

associate
Vanessa Govender
was born in 1973 in Durban, South Africa. She obtained a National Diploma in Architectural Technology in 1994 from M.L. Sultan Technikon. Having gained technical experience in a Durban based practice. Vanessa joined epa in 2000 and was promoted to associate of the practice in 2009. Recent experience includes residential, industrial and corporate office developments

associate
Rajen Rathnavalu was born in 1972 in Durban, South Africa. After obtaining his National Diploma in Architectural Technology he worked in a Durban based practice for 9 years and joined epa in 2001. Rajen has worked on a wide variety of projects including individual residences, large industrial complexes and a range of premium grade commercial developments. He became an associate of the practice in 2016

associate
Pierre Roetz was born in 1983 in Vereeniging, South Africa. He joined epa in 2003 while studying for his National Diploma in Architectural Technology at Natal Technikon. During his career as graphics specialist at epa, specific areas of expertise include rendering design concepts of a range of retail, industrial, mixed-use, residential, and office park developments. Pierre was made associate of the practice in 2013

associate
Jane Long was born in 1979 in Durban, South Africa. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 2004 at the University of Natal. After graduating she gained 2 years experience in London. She joined epa in 2007 and has been project architect for a number of corporate offices, industrial, residential and commercial developments. Jane became an associate of the practice in 2013