Zahra Ebrahim


Zahra Ebrahim is a change-driven creative, deeply invested in using design and design process to explore community engagement, institutional innovation, and participatory citybuilding. As the Principal of the design think tank archiTEXT, she has led innovation projects with some of Canada’s largest charities and governing bodies. For the past six years, she has been the co-lead on the Community. Design. Initiative., a legacy project engaging some of North America’s most marginalized youth in architecture and design. Zahra spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, is the co-founder of the Design Walk-In, and a contributor to the Huffington Post. She is Chair of the board of Jane’s Walk, and serves actively on the board of St. Stephen’s House. She has taught at OCAD University, the Museum of Modern Art, and currently teaches at the University of Toronto. Her work has been featured in exhibitions and festivals across Canada, in TEDxTalks, as well as on CBC, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. She was recently nominated as one of CBC’s 12 Young Leaders to Watch and included in Toronto Life’s 2014 issue of the “50 Most Influential People in the City.”