Shimul studied architecture in Mumbai at the Academy of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. After she returned to India from the US in 1990, she set up her own architecture firm, SJK Architects. Her interest in an architecture that is meaningful for the India of today, drawing from historical wisdom, but relevant and exciting for the vibrant Indian market, has led to a practice that has commissions as varied as hotels for religious tourism, to a museum for Jainism, to an automobile design studio for Mahindra’s. Shimul is invited as a speaker to numerous architectural institutions while she also serves as a Trustee for Save the Children India where she has been actively steering education and women’s projects and is also on the Board of Directors of Akshara, a Women’s resource Centre. In 2014 she received a jury mention of the arcVision Prize for her design of the Nirvana office complex of an ad film production firm.