Simeon Shtebunaev

Urban planning

Simeon Shtebunaev was born in Gabrovo in 1992. He graduated the High School of Mathematics and Science “Akad. Ivan Gyuzelev” in 2010 with 6.00, the highest grade in the Bulgarian system. He completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture in 2013 and a dual masters degree in Architecture and Urban Planning in 2017 at the University of Sheffield. During his studies he was the president of the Architecture student society. Simeon works as an assistant in architecture and urban development in the largest multidisciplinary practice in Europe - Building Design Partnership - and has experience in making projects of public buildings and houses. In 2016 he participated in Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador - the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.

Simeon has been elected vice-president of the Royal Institute of British Architects and serves as a member of the executive board of the institute for 2016-2019. Simeon has also been elected as a student representative to the general assembly of the Royal Town Planning Institute and is part of its international committee. A major goal of Simeon’s work has been integrating young experts at all levels of political and professional development.

In September 2018 Simeon started his PhD in Urban Planning in Birmingham City University. His research topic is Smart Cities and civil participation in their planning.