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I began teaching Design Studio as a guest lecturer at Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, in 2000. After many years in practice, I joined Universidad Simón Bolívar in 2008 as Lecturer of Theory and History of Architecture, and Visual Arts and Graphic Expression for the Department of Design, Architecture and Visual Arts. I received tenure in 2010.

In 2012 I moved to London to pursue a PhD in Cultural Policy and Management at City University London. Since 2013 I’ve taught at City University London, Canterbury School of Architecture, and Goldsmiths University of London. I am currently teaching at University of Reading School of Architecture.

I am an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

architecture studio teaching


Teaching staff and students of the first year of the BSc in Architecture
Photo credit: University of Reading

University of the Creative Arts, UK, 2015-2016

Guest Critic

12 April 2016, Third Year (BA) Hons Architecture Formative Review, session 2015-2016.
16 October 2015, Third Year (BA) Hons Architecture Final Review, session 2015-2016.
14 April 2015, Third Year (BA) Hons Architecture Final Review, session 2014-2015.
9 March 2015, Third Year (BA) Hons Architecture Interim Crit, session 2014-2015.

UCA End of Year Show, Third Year (BA) Hons Architecture, 2016


Final (5th) Year Thesis Project Supervisor
Final (5th) Year Long Internship Project Supervisor
Final Year (5th) Design Studio Guest Tutor

Visiting Instructor Professor 2000, First Year Unit Tutor

Final Year Thesis Project Supervision:

2012, Gabriela Cardozo, “Game and Play” (second supervisor)
2009, Stephany Batikoff, “The Street and the Square” (second supervisor)

Final Year Long Internship Thesis Project Supervision:

2012, Victoria Chaibud, “Spaces for All Ages: Democratising space through universal design” (second supervisor).

Guest Critic:
2012, Adriana Maronese, “From Scrap to Fact”, Final Year Thesis Project
2011, Vanessa Navas, Final Year Thesis Project
2011, Keren Sayegh, Final Year Long Internship Thesis Project
2008, Anabel Montenegro, “Barrio El Bosque, Integration of urban orders. Inductive Plan for Spontaneous Growth”, Final Year Thesis Project

Game and Play, Activation of Public Space in San Agustin by Gabriela Cardozo (2012). Universidad Simón Bolívar
Supervisors: Victor Sánchez and Penélope Plaza

Her project integrated the ideas developed by Rodrigo Perez de Arce in his book “Materia Lúdica. Arquitecturas del juego” (Ludic Matter: Architectures of Play) to develop a ludic system of floodable public spaces based on San Agustin’s infrastructural deficiencies for channelling heavy rain water downhill. Gabriela is now working as Project and Product Design for the firm PSLAB in Beirut, Lebanon.

Game and Play, Activation of Public Space in San Agustin by Gabriela Cardozo (2012). Universidad Simón Bolívar

Victoria Chaibud, “Spaces for All Ages: Democratising space through universal design”, 2012. Universidad Simón Bolívar.
Supervisors: Carlos Ferrer and Penélope Plaza

her work developed a catalogue of bespoke design interventions for buildings and public space to integrate third age citizens, based on Stella Choque and Jacques Choque book Actividades de animación para la tercera edad (Activities of Animation for the Third Age). Victoria went on to explore her strategies in a Long Internship Thesis project at the firm Manuel Villa Arquitectos in Bogota, Colombia.


CIPAC (Research Centre on Architecture and Construction)


CIPAC was a departmental management unit to support and develop research projects in architecture and construction, based on the premises of integral design: social impact, technological development, environmental consciousness, comfort and functionality, searching for an understanding between design project and building. The team was comprised of teaching staff, academic collaborators, students and alumni. CIPAC was created in 2009 to work as a bridge between academia and professional practice in architecture and construction, taking advantage of the Organic Law of Science, Technology and Innovation (LOCTI) which provided tax exemptions to companies that funded technology an innovation programs at universities with the purpose of benefitting society. CIPAC activities included: research on new materials and development construction systems in partnership with public and private entities, research on new perspectives on architecture practice for the Venezuelan social and cultural context (aesthetic, formal and economic) engaging students and academic staff through the university’s Community Service Office, regular research seminar series with leading experts, and student competitions on architecture and construction. CIPAC’s research focused on four lines of enquiry: Technological development, Social Impact, Functionality, Ecology and Environmental Impact.

CIPAC intended as a more immediate goal to make significant contributions towards the reassessment of alternative building techniques using locally sourced materials, as more environmental and affordable alternatives; as well as reducing the environmental impact of concrete building.

I coordinated the First CIPAC Student Competition: Architecture and Acoustics, to design acoustic prototypes for the studio spaces of the School of Architecture (September-December 2009).

Convenor of the talk series on architecture and acoustics with leading experts in the field.

Master class with architect Tomas Lugo, National Architecture Prize architect and acoustics expert.

Organiser of the Second CIPAC Student Competition: Interventions on the Green Space & Public Space at the School(January-March 2010)


Sven Methling
Ricardo Bombín
Gabriel Alcalde
Monik Bule

Academic Staff:
Tomás Cervilla
Jimena Cruz
Penélope Plaza
Víctor Sánchez

Rodrigo Guerra
Luis Mendoza
Yureisly Suárez
Julio Navarro
Diego Gil
Ricardo Esposito
Robert Alzuarde
Óscar Rodríguez
Marcos Velásquez

Alfredo Sanabria
Roberto Puchetti
Franco Micucci
Alejandro Haiek

First CIPAC competition for students
thinking el galpón: architecture and acoustics
Organised by CIPAC

promotional poster, Architecture and Acoustics Student Competition

call for the competition

building material suppliers fair for students

Reviewing students on-site acoustics prototypes, built with recycled materials

Sonido 5, the winning team!

lecturer of visual arts and graphic expression II
universidad simón bolívar, 2011-2012.

Samples of student work.
Submissions, site specific installations.

The aim of the Visual Arts and Graphic Expression II is to prepare first year students for design studio work, by exploring a diverse range of arts movements and artists, graphic expression techniques (Hand drawing, painting, Photoshop, Sketchup, CAD Drawing) and materials (textiles, cardboard, wood, metals, organic materials, mud, clay, etc). I organised the module’s workshop based teaching to combine theory and practice to take full advantage of the weekly four hour slot with mini-lectures followed by open discussion and workshop/studio work. The production of artworks by students on-site fostered peer to peer collaboration and provided opportunities for immediate formative feedback; assignments focused on the production of small scale original art work individually and site-specific artistic interventions in groups. I integrated an exploration of contemporary artists whose work challenges the boundaries between art and architecture whilst exploring issues of power and society, such as Gego, Tomas Saraceno, Doris Salcedo, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Carsten Holler, Olaffur Eliasson, Tara Donovan and Yayoi Kusama. I encouraged students to discover and explore their own aesthetic and intellectual leanings and relationship with space, through deep reflection and exploration of contemporary issues through the creation of original art objects and spatial interventions.

lecturer of theory and history of architecture
universidad simón bolívar, 2008-2012

Section of Theory and History of Architecture, modules taught:

Introduction to Theory and History of Architecture.
Theory and History of Architecture I: From Pre-history to the late Roman Empire.
Theory and History of Architecture II: From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Theory and History of Architecture III: From Baroque to Neoclassical Architecture
Theory and History of Architecture IV: From Eclecticism to Modern Architecture
Theory and History V: Architecture in Venezuela from Pre-Hispanic to the 1950s

I was Lecturer of the six core modules of Theory and History of Architecture, which ranged from pre-history to 1950s modernism. In contrast to the normal purely historic approach, the section had traditionally integrated small design exercises into the module’s assignments, allowing the students to see a more fluid connection between design studio processes and the theory and history sessions. I informed my teaching with my professional practice in architecture and the arts, presenting architecture as a social and cultural product, inextricable from issues of power, politics and technology, which helped students to grasp the relevance of the subject to their studio work, and their future practice as architects.

Theory and History V Final Submissions “Tectonic Book of Venezuelan Architecture”, 2009

Guided Visit, Recent Public Architecture in Caracas, Bello Campo Gymnasium, Chacao Municipality

el más gallo de la clase
(only Venezuelan Spanish speakers will get the joke!)