Jonelle Simunich

Jonelle Simunich

San Francisco, CA, US



Jonelle has a formal background in urban planning, practical experience as an architect, a passion for learning, and a love of the built environment. Growing up in a rural setting has given her an affinity for the inverse, and drove her to study built space and public policy; culminating with a Masters of Urban Planning degree. Her lifelong fascination to discern how people interact with their built environments has yet to cease; the ability to generate an experience and to influence lives through the built environment is astounding. Jonelle’s holds knowledge of how architecture and space shape a city, how built space can affect the lives of each inhabitant, how residents can influence urban planning, and the impact of design on cities.

Through her travels Jonelle was afforded the opportunity to experience a variety of built and natural spaces, each with a unique populace.  She has an inherent ability to observe + analyze spaces and a knack for interpersonal communication. These skills have equipped her with a contextual understanding of places and spaces in global cities; and has provided her the fortune to combine two of her passions: cities and personal narratives. 

Jonelle strives to make the world a better place through influencing societal and expert knowledge of urban infrastructures, public policies, shared spaces, communal health and cities through her work as a futurist at Arup focusing on the built environment.


Arup, San Francisco, CA, US, Foresight Specialist

Foresight, Research + Innovation Analyst focusing on the future of our built environment.
Supporting our clients, the global team, society and the world to understand and plan for their daily and communal built futures.

- Horizon scanning, trend research and future visioning
- Conduct extensive research
- Write reports for internal + external published documents
- Analyze data + trends influencing the future of the built environment
- Liaise with internal + external experts
- Plan + facilitate visioning workshops, design charrettes + conferences
- Design + generate collateral for events

Feb 2015 - current

SubArt, San Francisco, CA, US, Transportation Analyst

Sep 2014 - Apr 2015

Vengoechea + Boyland Architects, Staten Island, Assistant Urban Designer

- Physical planning + graphic design for a proposed historic community in Staten Island, NY.
- Rendered land use maps
- Prepared technical drawings for a submittal package to the Planning + Building Departments
- Created both an ArchiCad + Sketchup model for analysis + presented it to our client.

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Gerrard and Tan Architects, New York, NY, Architectural Designer

- Project managed the gut renovation of an office space; this included: surveying the site; creating: demolition,
construction, + design documents; coordinating weekly construction team meetings; selecting fixtures, fittings, +
appliances; + maintaining constant communication with the client.
- Created presentation quality renderings, digital models, and floor plans using ArchiCad, Artlantis, + Adobe Photoshop.
- Prepared RFI submittals + filed monthly reports with the Department of Buildings.
- Researched products, maintained vendor relationships, + visited product showrooms for each new design.
- Created + implemented a comprehensive system of office standards.

Sep 2010 - Aug 2014

NYC Department of City Planning, Queens, NY, Urban Planning Intern

- Conducted post-Hurricane Sandy retail vacancy surveys of over 2,000 damaged properties in the Rockaways.
- Drafted zoning map changes for the re-zoning of 800+ blocks + wrote the historic text for the Ozone Park Rezoning publication.
- Surveyed both Astoria + Long Island City to verify zoning compliance of new construction.
- Generated shadow analysis using ArcGIS + SketchUp and formed coinciding graphics for presentation + publication.
- Created + modified both zoning + field work maps using ArcGIS.
- Assisted with the maintenance of zoning change database using Excel.
- Conducted fieldwork + site visits to assess conformity + compliance of built structures pursuant to zoning.
- Researched flood resiliency measures + best practices.
- Replied to zoning queries + directed constituents to the appropriate zoning related resources +/or planner.

Jun 2013 - Jan 2014

Stantec, Sacramento, CA, Architectural Intern

Drafting, worked on a construction site, evaluated buildings, completed a punch list, client meetings, researched, RFIs, maintained file format and structure

Jul 2008 - Feb 2009

AIAS Cosumnes River College Chapter, Sacramento, CA, US, West Quad Conference Co-Chair

Organized a conference of more than 100 students from West Coast architecture schools in Sacramento, CA.

Jun 2007 - Apr 2008


Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY, Masters, Urban Planning

Sep 2011 - Dec 2013

Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY, US, Bachelors, Urban Studies

Sep 2009 - May 2011

Cosumnes River College, Sacramento, CA, Architecture

Jan 2006 - May 2009


US Green Building Council Design Competition, 2nd Place

Mixed Use, Multi-Story, Team design competition


Construction Specifications Institute Design Competition, 2nd Place

Eight hour Police Department design competition, hosted by the Construction Specifications Institute


Areas of Specialization