Penelope is a Venezuelan researcher and urban activist. She holds a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management, and is the co-founder and Head of Strategy and Partnerships of Collectivox, a Venezuelan not-for-profit, since 2008.
Penelope has a track record of research on the intersections between politics, culture, architecture and urban space, published in recognised peer-reviewed journals. She is co-founder of the Venezuela Research Network and a member of the Petrocultures Research Cluster at University of Alberta.
Her extensive and international teaching experience intersects practice and theory, having taught at the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmisths, Canterbury School of Architecture, Centre for Culture and the Creative Industries at City University of London, Faculty of Philosophy at Universidad de Concepción in Chile, and the School of Architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela.
PhD in Cultural Policy and Management
– • London, UK
MPhil in Latin American Studies
– • Cambridge, UK
– • 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
Lecturer in Architecture
School of Architecture, University of Reading
August 2017 – Present • Reading, GB
September, 2016 – Present • Reading, GB
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
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.
January, 2013 – April, 2013 • 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
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.
Portafolio D&B (Design & Strategic Branding)
September 2008 – October 2010 • Caracas, Venezuela
Head of Strategy, Partnerships and Communications
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.
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)
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
La Creperie - Restaurant / Art Gallery
2000 – 2002 • Caracas, Venezuela
1998 – 2000 • Caracas, Venezuela
Exhibition Designer / Architect
MUSEIA Art, Architecture and Museology
1997 – 1999 • Caracas, Venezuela