Lourdes Peñaranda holds a degree in architecture from the University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela (1990) and a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (1993), receiving the same year the Merit Award from the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) in Providence, USA. In 2000 she earned a Specialization in Urban Management at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the University of Zulia; in 1999 she graduated with a Master´s from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain; and in 2011 received a PhD of Architecture from the same university, with the dissertation Donald Judd, Illusionist, which was awarded in the VIII Latin American Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism 2012 in Spain.
In 1994 Peñaranda began her working practice in partnership with other professionals, developing projects in architecture and landscape; since 2010 she has directed the Lourdes Peñaranda Studio, receiving Honorable Mention in the Competition Gallery Venezia, Mayor of Chacao in 2011; and in 2012 the Parque Agua Vital was selected to represent Venezuela in the VIII Biennial Iberoamericana of Architecture and Urbanism 2012 in Spain. This same year she received a Special Mention in the Premio DAC, Arquitectura Verde in Venezuela, awarded by the College of Architects of Venezuela; and in 2013 received a Special Mention in the category of landscape in the Maracaibo Architecture Biennale. In 2013 she joined the design team of the Botanical Garden of Maracaibo. In 2014 she received the first prize and a special mention in the category of landscape architecture in the XI Nacional Biennial of Architecture 2014.
As a conceptual artist, her work is included in collections in Venezuela, Europe and the United States, including SCALE in the Essex Collection of Latin American Art in England. She has participated in numerous solo, collective, national, and international exhibitions since 1986. In 2008 she was selected to participate in the program of the Global Institute of the 7th Gwangju Biennale in Korea, and that same year received the Order of Artistic Merit Paco Hung granted by the University of Zulia. In 2014 she participated as an international artist-in-residence at The Art Incubator in Singapore.
Professor and Researcher at the University of Zulia in the Department of Theory and Practice of Design since 1995, Lourdes has published articles in America and Europe on issues of theory and the history of landscape, architecture, art, and design education, and authored the book El espacio de la ilusión. El caso Donald Judd, published by Erasmus Ediciones. She currently is President of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Zulia.