Shelley Penn

30 May 2012 – Melbourne architect Shelley Penn is the new national president of Australian Institute of Architects.

Ms Penn, a sole practioner, said she wanted to set an example for small practices.

“I’m proud to stand as leader of an organisation that is accustomed to seeing directors of larger practices in this seat, and I want to inspire other small practitioners, young architects and women to get involved through Chapter and National Councils,” Ms Penn said.

She brings a background of heavy commitment to the profession that includes member – and chair – of several award juries, member of the Victorian Practice Committee, councillor of the Victorian Chapter and national councillor, deputy chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria, acting chair of the National Capital Authority and former associate Victorian Government architect.

In her work Ms Penn, the 73rd president of the institute, “mixes the fine scale of residential work with the big picture of working with government in various ways to advance the quality of design in the built environment,” the institute said in a statement announcing the inauguration that took place at its annual general meeting on Wednesday.

Institute chief CEO, David Parken thanked outgoing president Brian Zulaikha, who he said had gone to “great lengths for the profession and the institute.”