School of Architecture University of Texas at Austin
Magdalena Novoa is a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture in the Historic Preservation track at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include heritage as a socio-cultural process, community-based heritage and planning, and the politics of memory in Latin America. Before starting her Ph.D. in 2015, Magdalena worked in public institutions and NGOs, facilitating education initiatives and participatory action research in national and World Heritage sites in Chile and in the UK. Based on these broad issues and past professional practices, her current Ph.D. research critically analyses three cultural heritage movements in Chile, focusing on the ways Chileans use historic preservation and historic sites to create more inclusive stories/memories about the past and decision-making processes in the present. These “insurgent heritage” practices expand the notion of who counts and what is worth remembering in society as well as who has the power to decide over historic landscapes. Her goal is to help bridge the gaps between expert and local knowledge to foster more inclusive historic preservation processes in theory production, practice, and teaching.
Over the past decade, Magdalena has become involved in several activist networks and initiatives in Chile, especially those related to heritage, social justice, and human rights. She is also a founding member of Aldea, a non-profit organization that works in the intersection of architecture, learning, and social participation in Chile and the UK.
Saturday, November 23
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM