Mick Pearce was born on February 6, 1938, in Harare, Zimbabwe. He studied architecture in London and received his degree in 1962. His passion for architecture and his interest in sustainable development led him to do things differently and to work particularly in Zimbabwe, Zambia, the United States and Australia, finally settling in Australia in 2000, when the conflicts that shook his native country pushed him into exile.
Mick Pearce's philosophy differed greatly from that of other architects of his time. He put into practice principles of biomimicry and used natural materials to offer a form of responsible architecture that does not harm the environment. Among his most noted works is the Eastgate building in Harare, whose temperature-control system was inspired by that found in termite mounds.