Zara is a Curatorial Research Assistant in the Design, Architecture and Digital department of the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), working on an upcoming exhibition called The Future Starts Here, and a Trustee of the Design History Society. Her specialism is in twentieth- and twenty first-century design from East Asia, particularly China.
Zara was born and raised in the UK, but has also lived in Indonesia, Syria and China. A graduate of the RCA/V&A MA History of Design programme, she studied as the 2013-2015 Friends of the V&A Scholar, and holds an undergraduate degree in Design from Goldsmiths College, University of London. From 2008 to 2013 she practiced as a freelance graphic designer and writer, with clients such as United Nations Volunteers, Teach for China, The Library Project, Designers & Books, Condé Nast Traveler, Interior Design, Icon and AIGA. Zara has also worked at Icograda Beijing, British Council in China and Beijing Design Week, and currently writes for Design China.