Zegeye studied architecture and town planning at Addis Ababa university, holds Master of Architecture degree from IIT, Roorkee – India. Since 1998, he has been teaching architectural design and construction and currently holds the chair of Architecture and design at EiABC-AAU.
He was guest lecturer in various universities in Ethiopia and abroad on theories of architecture, vernacular architecture in Ethiopia and contemporary trends of urbanization in Ethiopia and Africa. In 2006/2007 he was also an academic guest at the Department of Architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology -ETH in Zurich, teaching Design and Construction studios. He also has served as the general secretary of the Association of Ethiopian Architects (AEA).
In addition to teaching architectural design he has served as a deputy scientific director of EiABC (from its establishment to March 2011) and also runs his practice with his partners (oadus plc) in Addis Ababa. He has designed and realized a variety of private and public projects in Ethiopia. Currently he is conducting a research for his doctoral degree in HCU-Germany on designing the informal- searching strategies for water sensitive urbanization.