Prior to becoming an Associate, Zahra was an architectural designer with experience working on complex strategic, cultural and historical projects. She joined Public Practice from East, where she worked on landscape-led housing projects and stakeholder engagement, including the Custom House co-design regeneration project for the London Borough of Newham. Zahra is also the founder of a not-for-profit mentoring organisation, OurGirls, working with young students from marginalised backgrounds to encourage diversity in various professions.
Zahra took on the role of Regeneration and Development Architectural Assistant, providing architectural support for new development opportunities across Enfield. She also provided innovative architectural solutions to stimulate growth, and assisted with policy writing for Enfield’s housing design guide. As part of her placement, she helped to launch an ideas competition inviting teams to suggest design solutions for intergenerational housing provision, with a focus on creating an inclusive process that attracted a diverse range of submissions. The winners of the competition were featured in The Architects' Journal. Read her case study to learn more.