Melbourne-based sole practitioner Shelley Penn has been inaugurated as the 73rd National President of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA), taking the reins from outgoing president, Sydney-based architect Brian Zulaikha.
AIA CEO David Parken said of the appointment: “We are excited to have Shelley as the next advocate for not only the Institute but our members and the broader architectural community.
“She has been involved with the Institute for many years and is highly respected within the industry for her intelligence, resilience and her great passion for the profession. I very much look forward to working with her in her new capacity.”
Penn is the director of Shelley Penn Architects and has been actively involved in various awards juries and committees. She is also a former Associate Victorian Government architect, the current Deputy Chair of the Heritage Council of Victoria and the acting Chair of the National Capital Authority.
“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,” Penn said.
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