architect, researcher, social entrepreneur, and urban activist

Penelope is a Venezuelan architect, researcher and urban activist. She holds a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management, and is the co-founder of CollectiVoX.


Lecturer in Architecture

School of Architecture, University of Reading

Studio Tutor

School of Architecture, University of Reading

Guest Lecturer

ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London

Visiting Lecturer

City, University of London

2015-2016. Globalisation and the Cultural and Creative industries, 2nd Year, Cultural and Creative Industries BA, Module Convenor, Visiting Lecturer, and First Marker
2014-2015. Globalisation and the Cultural and Creative industries, 2nd Cultural and Creative Industries BA (Sep 2014-Jan 2015). Visiting Lecturer and First Marker. Module convenor: Dr. Jo Littler / Guest Lecturer, session on Building a New Public Culture: Public Space and Urban Art, MPhil in Cultural Policy, Public Culture Module: Politics of Participation, Module Leader: Dr. Jo Littler / Seminar Leader, core module on Culture, MPhil in Culture, Policy and Management. Module Leaders: Dr. A. Pratt and Dr. R. Gill
2013-2014. Seminar leader, core module on Culture, MPhil in Cultural Policy, Module Leader: Dr. D. O’Brien / Guest Lecturer, Latin American Perspectives on Cultural Policy for the Core module on Culture, MPhil in Cultural Policy (Nov 2013). Module Leader: Dr. D. O’Brien

Project Leader

Plan Projects

Conceptualization and development of the proposal for Lot 13- Public Art Strategy Advice, to outline ideas for an “Arts by the Thames” programme, as specified in the Invitation To Tender by the GLA. Plan Projects was appointed to the GLA and TfL’s Architecture and Urbanism Panel.
Plan Project was successful in the tender for the GLA Architecture and Urbanism Panel.

Design Associate

LTA Luis Treviño Architects

(January-April 2013) Design Team member for “Vauxhall The Missing Link Competition”, an Open RIBA Competition to develop a new Urban Design, Landscape, Architecture and Public Realm competition for Vauxhall, on London’s South Bank.
(January 2013) Development of concept and design strategies for the proposal “Re-imagine Ageing”, an Open RIBA Competition to design a new Concept in Retirement Living for the Baby Boomer Generation.

Head of Communications

Venezuela Chapter Transparency International

Content production and design of internal and external institutional communications.
Event planning and organization, media promotion on radio and TV, provided logistic support to other departments.
Designed and coordinated the monthly newsletter content, sent using email management software.
Managed the organization and logistics of institutional events, media coverage plans in TV, radio and social media.
Managed the strategy and delivery of the media and communications plan in coordination with the five specialist units, as well as keeping an updated dossier on current events and news related to cases of corruption in Venezuela.
Provided communications and event logistics assistance to partner NGOs.

Project Manager

Portafolio D&B (Design & Strategic Branding)

Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Communications


CollectiVoX is a Venezuelan non-profit organization, aimed at developing innovative and creative solutions for social problems through social responsive design and small scale interventions in public space.

Assistant Professor

Universidad Simon Bolivar

Department of Architecture, Design and Visual Arts
Theory and History of Architecture, April 2008 – September 2012
Graphic Expression and Visual Arts II, January-September 2012

CIPAC-USB (Research Centre for Architecture Projects and Building, Universidad Simón Bolívar). Founding Member (2009-2011)
First Student Design Competition: Architecture and Acoustics, to design acoustic prototypes for the workshop spaces of the school of architecture (September-December 2009).
Talk series on acoustics with leading experts on the field.
Master class with architect and acoustic expert Tomas Lugo.
Second Student Design Competition: Green Space/Public Space (January-March 2010)

Arts Coordinator

The British Council Venezuela

Delivered The British Council Arts programming in Venezuela, in the areas of Design, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

Art Gallery Manager

La Creperie - Restaurant / Art Gallery

Assistant Architect

Larrañaga-Obadía Architects

Exhibition Designer / Architect

MUSEIA Art, Architecture and Museology


City, University of London

PhD in Cultural Policy and Management

University of Cambridge

MPhil in Latin American Studies

Universidad Simón Bolívar




Doctoral Studentship, City, University of London


Artistic Residence, Centro Cultural Chacao, Venezuela (Awarded to CollectiVoX. Project: Urban Lab, Space and Place for Schools)


Shell Centenary Scholarship, University of Cambridge