Zakiyyah Haffejee is a South African-born, London-based architectural designer and researcher. She holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Johannesburg. Prior to joining the RCA, Zakiyyah contributed at Johannesburg-based studio, Counterspace and later moved on to work for TakeAway Spaces and the Archive of Forgetfulness.
In 2021, Zakiyyah moved to London and joined the ADS2 cohort - Black Horizons: Worlding within the Ruins of Racial Capitalism. Within ADS2, her work focused on the toxic legacies left behind by the gold mining dumps of Johannesburg and the black and brown communities that occupy them.
Zakiyyahs’ work often draws on themes of gender, identity and spirituality; focusing on rituals and uncovering meaning through language, history and religion.