AIA has new National Pres

The Institute has announced their new National President – Shelley Penn of Shelley Penn Architects, Victoria. Its the first time I can remember a sole-practioner taking on the role, which will be quite a challenge I think, but I look forward to the unique perspective this will bring.

“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.

Shelley is the 73rd National President, taking over from Brian Zulaikha. Institute CEO, David Parken welcomed Shelley to the position.

‘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.’

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