Master of Liberal Arts (ALM) in Extension Studies, Field: Sustainability
Harvard University

Doctor of Architecture
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

Master of Architecture
Syracuse University

Bachelor of Architecture
University of Notre Dame

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Certified Planners
American Planning Association, CA Northern Section
U.S. Green Building Council, Northern CA
American Institute of Architects, Monterey Bay Chapter, Associate member

Areas of Special Competence

Sustainable Design and Planning
Master Planning
Disaster Mitigation Planning
Housing and Community Development
Educational Facility Planning

Shelley Franklin, DArch, AICP, LEED AP BD+C and ND

Senior Associate, Sustainability Practice Lead

Years Experience: 17

Shelley has a solid education foundation in architecture with professional practice in planning. Her experience in planning began while she served as an officer in the US Air Force as the Chief of Base Comprehensive Planning at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan. Following her military service, she has woven her time between academia and planning.      

Shelley’s design and planning work is centered on sustainability values. In 2020, she presented her Food Rescue Sustainability Action Plan capstone project from the Harvard Extension School program to the City of Monterey. Her University of Hawai‘i graduate school 2008 dissertation is titled “Re-thinking the Way We Live: Sustainable Development and Design Strategies for Communities in Hawai‘i.” She brings the lessons of these deep dive studies in sustainability to her planning approach, which considers the confluence of communities, economics, and the environment. She believes the built environment should not only meet functional program requirements but also enhance wellbeing and contribute to positive connections between social and natural systems.

On weekends Shelley can be found tide pooling along the coast, baking, or water color painting.

Community Involvement

Parent Teacher Organization, Secretary (SY 20-21)

Representative Projects

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