About Us

What’s in a name? Zimba is derived from the word Dzimba which is from a dialect of the African Shona language. Loosely translated, it means “house” or “shelter”. And at Zimba Design, we are all about what shelters you.

Founded in 1996, Zimba Design is a boutique building design firm that specializes in residential projects from renovations and additions, to complete custom home and interior design. We’ve also been known to do small commercial tenant improvements and consulting on municipal processes.

Our Shipyards office is located in a heritage building flooded with natural light which encourages maximum creativity and inspiration. Our design firm benefits from a mix of practical application, design ideas and concepts and technical know how. We speak the language of construction and know how to apply it – we speak building permit! Our studio is small but focused on creative vision and client service. Our talents bridge the gaps between creative design, construction management, and the building permit process. This creates a smooth transition for a stress-free project from concept to completion.

Talented at getting the best use out of spaces, we convert client dreams to reality. Our clients have said we make building permits enjoyable, which is why they recommend and refer us time and time again.

Our services include:

  • Design of new custom homes (from the ground up and the outside in)
  • Large additions and renovations to existing homes
  • Laneway, coach house and infill housing
  • Commercial tenant improvements
  • Feasibility studies
  • Building permit consulting

Connect with us to talk about your exciting upcoming project.

Our Team

Pam Chilton

Founder / Principal Designer

Position AVailable



Manager of Sanity


Thank you to our clients, partners & team

Western Canada Design Excellence               Award – Finalist

      Category: Other Room 

North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award – Finalist

      Category: Service Excellence 

ASTTBC Professional Leadership Award for Women in Technology

Word Works! BC Wood Design Award

      Category: Western Red Cedar


Zimba Design is registered as an Architectural Technologist. AIBC with the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.”

Community / Volunteer

Ambassador – North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Board of Variance Chair – City of North Vancouver
Unit Leader – Girl Guides of Canada
BCABD Board of Directors
Shipyards District Business Improvement Association Board of Directors