Zahir Poonawala


Position in NOMA: Scholarship Committee Chairperson 2022, College Liaison Chair 2022

Education: Master of Architecture from Kansas University, Lawrence, Ks.
Bachelor of Arts, Art History from Washington University, St. Louis, Mo

Affiliations/Registrations: NCARB, NOMA

Origin: I am a first-generation child of Indian immigrants. Both of my parents were the first in their families to get college educations. My father went on to get multiple MD’s in the US and settled in the midwest to practice child psychiatry. I was raised, educated, fell in love, had kids, and became obsessed with architecture in the midwest. It’s a place that is an indelible part of me.

Professional Focus: ZPA was born out of a dissatisfaction with the lack of equity among those able to afford and access high quality design. We mostly do residential architecture with a focus on renovations, additions and ADU’s.

ZPA Design


Posted on

July 30, 2022