Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect whose work includes strategic advice to government and the private sector on architecture and urban design for public places across all scales.
In addition to her award-winning project work, Shelley has held a number of significant positions.
Shelley was Chair of the National Capital Authority until December 2014, and the 2012 National President of the Australian Institute of Architects. She was Deputy Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria, Associate Victorian Government Architect within the Department of Premier and Cabinet, and Design Director in the Office of the NSW Government Architect. In 2011 She co-chaired a major review of the planning processes for the 22Ha Barangaroo, $6bn development north-western of Sydney's CBD.
Shelley commenced as Manager of the City Design Studio at the City of Melbourne in January 2016. She is a member of the Victorian Design Review Panel and the Capital City Design Review Panel in South Australia, an Adjunct Professor in Architecture Practice at Monash University and Associate Professor in Architecture at the Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne.
Through her practice, advocacy and advisory work, and in all of her roles, Shelley is driven by an enduring commitment to enriching culture, improving social outcomes and to sustainability through advancing the quality of the built environment.
Shelley is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, and Honorary member of the American Institute of Architects, the New Zealand Institute of Architects and the Royal Architects Institute of Canada. In 2014 she was named as one of the AFR/Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’.
Professor Penn was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours for her significant service to architecture and design in the public realm, and to professional institutes.