architect, researcher, social entrepreneur, and urban activist

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


Lecturer in Architecture at School of Architecture, University of Reading

August 2017 – Present Reading, GB

Studio Tutor at School of Architecture, University of Reading

September, 2016 – July, 2017 Reading, GB

Guest Lecturer at ICCE, Goldsmiths, University of London

2016 – 2016

Visiting Lecturer at City, University of London

September, 2013 – Present London, UK

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 at Plan Projects

June, 2013 – June, 2013 London, UK

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 at LTA Luis Treviño Architects

January, 2013 – Present London, UK

(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 at Venezuela Chapter Transparency International

March 2012 – May 2012 Caracas, Venezuela

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 at Portafolio D&B (Design & Strategic Branding)

September 2008 – October 2010 Caracas, Venezuela

Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Communications at CollectiVoX

2008 – Present Caracas, Venezuela

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 at Universidad Simon Bolivar

2008 – 2012 Caracas, Venezuela

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 at The British Council Venezuela

2005 – 2008 Caracas, Venezuela

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

Art Gallery Manager at La Creperie - Restaurant / Art Gallery

2000 – 2002 Caracas, Venezuela

Assistant Architect at Larrañaga-Obadía Architects

1998 – 2000 Caracas, Venezuela

Exhibition Designer / Architect at MUSEIA Art, Architecture and Museology

1997 – 1999 Caracas, Venezuela


PhD in Cultural Policy and Management at City, University of London

London, UK

MPhil in Latin American Studies at University of Cambridge

Cambridge, UK

Architect at Universidad Simón Bolívar

Caracas, Venezuela


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