Zahira is an urbanist, and the director of The City, a research, publishing and placemaking agency she founded in 2010. She is also the founder of the nonprofit company, Designing For All. Her projects, through engagement and collaboration with governments, cultural institutions, architects, academics, and the public, seek to improve procurement processes and enhance the design of public infrastructure and spaces in South African cities. Zahira has presented her publications, and lectured on design, architecture and inclusive city making, at various forums across the globe. Her current research interests explore contested urban histories, equal representation in the memorialisation of history and the construction of resilient postcolonial urban identities. Zahira served as advisor to the Africa Architecture Awards in 2017 and is currently serving on the board of advisors for the International Archive of Women in Architecture.