Michael-CareyMichael Carey, BAS B.ARCH (Wits) SACAP


Michael brings 20 years of design and construction experience to TC Design Architects, having worked in the past with architectural firms internationally. He always takes a fresh, holistic and socially responsible approach to each project, but he also respects aggressive budgets and schedules. His passion and energy with people is a key motivator for any project. Michael has a bachelor’s of Architecture degree the University of the Witwatersrand. His key area of expertise lies in commercial and educational projects influenced largely by sustainable design principles.

Rashma Patel, B.Arch (Honours) KZN, M.Arch Wits


Rashma brings +10 years of design and construction experience to TC RPv Architects. Rashma founded her own architectural practice in 2012 named RPV Architecture and has grown from strength to strength, resulting in a merger with TC Design Architects in 2018. Rashma’s strength emanates from her ability to maintain positive and growing relationships with her clients, servicing them with the utmost dedication, attention and passion. She is a natural problem solver and responds easily to projects that pull on her technical capability which is essential in respecting aggressive budgets and schedules.  She approaches design from a practical yet creative perspective bringing both functionality and design flair to any environment. Rashma has attained her Professional status as an Architect and holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand. She has successfully completed works in the commercial, retail and residential sectors with both national and international clients such as Planet Fitness, Nike SA, Old Mutual Properties and Standard Bank.

Philip-ThornhillPhilip Thornhill, B.ARCH ( KZN) SACAP

Durban Operations Director

Philip was schooled in KwaZulu-Natal and completed his architectural degree as well as masters at UKZN. In 2000 he joined TC Design Architects in the Johannesburg office and worked primarily on educational buildings from conception to completion. In 2006, on the back of large industrial projects in KZN, he relocated to Durban and has established an office specializing in industrial, office and retail projects. Philip offers clients an excellent personal service and he strives to deliver great buildings on time and within budget. This service has ultimately created long term relationships with clients as well as consultants. Philip’s future ambition is to be involved in sustainable developments and undertake work in the rest of Africa. He is also a proudly Unashamedly Ethical member.

Bharati Naidoo


Bharati has +10 years in business management and operations. She partnered with RPV Architecture in 2014 playing a pivotal role in building RPV Architecture into a flourishing architectural practice which has resulted in a successful merger with TC Design Architects. Bharati’s experience in both the consulting industry and FMCG industry enabled her to introduce her unique difference to the architectural business space. Bharati’s work experience coupled with her background as a qualified Engineer and MBA graduate enables her to approach business challenges from a systematic and analytical stance resulting in streamlined solutions. Ensuring that the business is directed towards its strategic intent and the business operations is maintained at high levels of productivity and efficiency remains to be her focus.