Emily Gruendel

Emily Gruendel

Philadelphia, PA, US



Highly intelligent and compassionate designer seeking full time employment in the NYC region following graduation in May 2017.  Interested in a career that runs the gamut of architecture and historic preservation aimed towards creating a more socially just world.



PRESENT Architecture, New York, NY, US, Model Intern

- Constructed dozens of hand-cut, and cast physical models
- Participated in the design of current projects through rapid, iterative modeling

Jul 2016 - Aug 2016

South Street Headhouse District, Philadelphia, PA, US, Intern

- Assisted directors in the promotion and improvement of the business district
- Projects included composing a RFP, office redesign, and TSIP preparations

Jun 2014 - Aug 2014

Bittertang Farm, Lake Forest, IL, US, Build Crew

- Helped in the three week construction of a temporary performance venue
- Drew construction documents, performed carpentry work, and painted

May 2014 - Jun 2014

Arlington Heights Planning & Community Development Department, Arlington Heights, IL, US, Intern

- Collaborated with planners on various design review and development projects
- Largely involved with the redevelopment of a TIF district

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Rolling Green Country Club, Arlington Heights, IL, US, Honor Caddie

- Maintained order during the game of golf for distinguished members and guests
- Aided less experienced caddies in ideal customer service and golf practices

May 2005 - Aug 2012


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, US, Masters, Architecture & Historic Preservation

Aug 2013 - current

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana-Champaign, Bachelors, BFA - Architecture

Aug 2009 - May 2013


Building the Border Wall?, 3rd Place

An international competition calling for a designer's take on the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. Our entry questioned the role of a wall by experimenting with the way in which program could be inserted into the wall in order to benefit and join people from both nations.


John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship, Other

Current State Finalist


Edward Lewis Dales Travel Fellowship, Award

PennDesign portfolio competition for travel abroad funds


Edward C Earl Prize, 3rd Place

University of Illinois competition


Charles (Chick) Evans Scholarship, Award

Granted four years full tuition to the University of Illinois


Areas of Specialization