Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn

Adjunct Prof

Personal profile


Shelley Penn is a Melbourne-based architect and urbanist. Her practice was established in 1993 and has been recognised through architecture awards, publication and exhibition in Australia and overseas. Shelley’s work also encompasses two decades of strategic advice to government and the private sector on achieving quality in public architecture and urban design.

She is currently a non-executive Director of several organisations including not-for-profits, corporate and government agencies. Her advisory roles include University Architect at Monash University, IFM Investors’ Senior Advisor in Urban and Built Environments, and panel member of state and project-specific Design Review Panels in Victoria, NSW, Western Australia and the National Capital/ACT. Shelley is an Adjunct Professor in Architecture Practice at Monash University and Principal Fellow (Associate Professor) in Architecture at the University of Melbourne. Pro-bono works include membership of the Open House Melbourne Committee of Management, directorhsip of the Australian Centre for Contempoprray Art and several mentorships.

Past roles include Chair National Capital Authority, National President Australian Institute of Architects, Associate Victorian Government Architect, Deputy Chair Heritage Council of Victoria and Co-chair Barangaroo Review 2011. 

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 one of the AFR/Westpac’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Public Policy Category.  

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture, B.Arch (Hons), University of Melbourne

Feb 1983Nov 1988

Award Date: 29 Jul 1989

Research area keywords

  • Architecture Advocacy
  • Architectural Design
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism