Advisory work to local, state and federal governments includes design review of numerous developments and proposals for public places; advice about the procurement of high quality design in the public realm; and the review of processes relating to the procurement of major public infrastructure.  Advice has also been sought by and provided to the private sector, in relation to the achievement of high quality outcomes for large scale projects. Shelley Penn is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been a member of several boards. She is currently a non-executive Director of the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and of Assetco. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Office of Projects Victoria.

Relevant appointments include:

  • University Architect, Monash University, from January 2017
  • Manager, City Design Studio, City of Melbourne
  • Selected as one of the 2014 Westpac/AFR ‘100 Women of Influence’, in the ‘Public Policy’ category
  • Chair of the National Capital Authority to end 2014
  • 2012 National President of the Australian Institute of Architects.
  • Chair, Architecture Advisory Board, Faculty of Architecture at the University of Melbourne
  • Deputy Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria
  • Co-chair of the 2011 Barangaroo Review
  • Chair, Premier’s Design Awards, State of Design Victoria
  • Associate Victorian Government Architect
  • Board member, Linking Melbourne Authority
  • Board member, Architects Registration Board of Victoria
  • Member, Victorian Design Advisory Council
  • Design Director, Office of NSW Government Architect

Shelley Penn has chaired or been a member of numerous design review panels for significant state and local government and private sector projects in Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia.  These  include on-going membership of the Victorian Design Review Panel and the Capital City Design Review Panel in Adelaide.

Work contributing to better urban outcomes has also included delivery of numerous public lectures and membership of various panels debating design and urban issues in the public realm.


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