Zahra will be a panelist at the PDA for 40 Oaks Talks.
Zahra is the Principal and Founder of the design think tank and creative agency, archiTEXT. Born in Kenya, raised in West Vancouver, and educated at McGill University in Montreal, Zahra has spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, the Design Exchange.
Starting archiTEXT at 22 years old – Ebrahim brings together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture and design with social change, the environment, politics, economics, equality, health, and pop culture. Using various methods ranging from curation to public engagement to conceptual art, she engages a broad spectrum of the public across the country in design discourse. As the youngest professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), she teaches in the Think Tank Program, getting the next generation of designers asking complex questions of themselves and the world around them. She is also the co-lead on the Community. Design. Initiative. a legacy project engaging some of Canada’s most marginalized youth in architecture and design in Toronto’s priority neighborhoods. Zahra speaks extensively across the country on engaging design, creativity, and play for impact.
In her spare time, Ebrahim is the co-Executive Producer on We’re Up Here: A Fresh Look at Canadian Design set for production in 2013, and has served as the Co-Chair of Outreach for Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs, the Chair of Events for Architecture for Humanity (Toronto Chapter), a member of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO Youth Advisory Group, a member of the ReThink Breast Cancer Breastfest Film Festival Committee, and has contributed to OnSite Review and The Mark. In the winter, she volunteers with the Ontario Track 3 Association, teaching children and youth with disabilities to snowboard. Zahra was recently recognized as one of the Global Knowledge Partnership’s Top 100 Young Global Social Entrepreneurs.