The research projects described here are the results of a communal effort and successful partnership with the First Indigenous Peoples Leaders and community members based in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and vicinity. The working group that I am leading was formed in 2015 under the umbrella of Nelson Mandela University School of Architecture and since then we focus on community engagement projects, based on practice research, that involve teaching, learning and research. Our work promotes acts of cultural re-appropriation and reconnecting of the First Peoples with their heritage sites, and the reformulating and reconstructing of the indigenous narrative, done by them. This contributes to the building up of new knowledge, the restoration of the Indigenous culture and identity, the decolonizing of the high education curriculum, the breaking of the boundary between Indigenous communities and academia, and the building up of equity and inclusivity(Minguzzi M, 2022)

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Dr Magda Minguzzi
Senior Lecturer
Tel: 041 5044099

Short bio: 
With a Laurea (M.Arch) and PhD in architectural composition from the University Iuav Venice (IT) my principal field of research is tangible and intangible indigenous heritage in South Africa, IKS of the built environment, action and engagement research.  
Since 2015 I cover the position of Senior Lecturer and responsible for the post-grad program at the Nelson Mandela University School of Architecture (South Africa). I am also a Researcher at the Institute for Coastal and Marine Research (CMR) of Mandela University thanks to my ground-breaking research on Indigenous fish traps in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. 
Since my arrival in South Africa, I do research projects in co authorship with the Leaders of the First Indigenous Peoples of South Africa based in Mandela Bay and its vicinity. 
Since 2003 I am part of the Italian Institute of Architects, OAPPC.Ra (IT), from 2016 of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession, SACAP (ZA), since 2017 member of ICOMOS and ICHAM, and since 2021 I am a member of UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development “Indigenous People, Traditional Ecological Knowledge, and Climate Change: The Iconic Underwater Cultural Heritage of Stone Tidal Weirs” lead Institution: Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. 
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