Pearce McComish Tarabuku Architects is led by three partners namely Mick Pearce, James McComish and Murambiwa Tarabuku. The partners have extensive Design and Project Management experience both in Southern Africa and abroad. Their central ethos is to promote architecture that is appropriate to and sustainable for the natural and social African environment and which works within the constraints & strengths of local resources.

Mike Pearce

Mick Pearce | Senior Partner

Diploma with Honours, Architectural Association London. Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, Institute of Architects of Zimbabwe, Zambia Institute of Architects

Zimbabwe born,Michael Pearce grew up in the Nyanga district.After local schooling he qualified in the UK and has been working in Zimbabwe and Zambia since 1964.He began his career as an architect working with Erhard Lorenz in Zambia and became his partner  in 1967.Moving to the UK in 1974,he was General Manager there of a Building Common Ownership company in Sunderland.On his return home to Zimbabwe after independence ,he became a partner of Adams Jackson Moore in Harare before joining Cathcart & Fothergill in 1984,assuming his post as Senior Partner there in 1986.Committed to appropriate and responsive architecture , Pearce has specialized in the development of  buildings which enjoy low maintenance,low running costs and energy-efficient systems of temperature control.The most ambitious application of these principles has been the Eastgate Office & Shopping Complex in Harare.Pearce has taken an active role in the promotion of architectural education in Zimbabwe,in particular in the proposed new School of Architecture since 1993.He has lectured extensively in Europe and Southern Africa on the principles of energy-efficient buildings,combined with his other passion,the future of the city.

James McComish

James McComish | Partner

Diploma in Architecture, South Bank University, London , Diploma in Construction Law & Arbitration, London , Member of the Institute of Architects of Zimbabwe, – Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa)

A Zimbabwe resident since 1996, James McComish of Northern Ireland qualified in 1986 in London and began his career there, which centered on commercial and residential projects and included work on the Belfast City Hospital in Northern Ireland and the Anguilla Hospital in The Caribbean. Coming to Zimbabwe to join the practice in 1991, he has been Project Architect on a wide range of tightly programmed contracts for Standard Chartered Bank nationwide, as well as on the Nkulumane Shopping Centre in Bulawayo and various other projects. McComish is a strong Project Manager and team-builder, and is active in the planning and management of the practice. He initiated the training of our technical staff in computer aided design, and his knowledge of construction law and arbitration is an asset to our client service. He lectures Building Contract Law for the Institute of Architects of Zimbabwe, and sits on the board of examiners.


Murambiwa Tarabuku  | Partner

National Higher Architectural Technology Diploma (With Honours), Harare, Bachelor of Architectural Studies, University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg  , Master of Architecture (Magna Cum Laude), Post Graduate Centre for Human Settlements , Leuven University, Belgium , Member of the Institute of Architects of Zimbabwe, Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa)

Zimbabwean born and bred, 27 years’ experience 4 of which as an Architectural Technician. Highly competent in Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD); conceptualization, graphics and modeling. Has extensive experience in commercial, Health, Education and Housing projects. Mura has special interest in Sustainable Urban Design, Human settlements and Housing design solutions for economies with limited resources. He has carried out extensive research studies on the forces shaping the growth of urban areas in Zimbabwe in general and Harare in particular, housing delivery, type and their relevance. As a postgraduate student, he has carried out research and wrote extensive theses on the challenges facing the city of Harare in general pointing out possible sensitive urban interventions, potential areas of sustainable growth, urban regeneration and strategic urban design and planning in Harare and other smaller centers of Zimbabwe.