Mapula Maponya MSc


Mapula is an intern at OKRA. She graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2019 with a Masters in Landscape Architecture (Cum Laude). While there, she received various awards for her dissertation exploring the relationship between Indigenous Astronomy and Colonial Spatial Planning in Cape Town, South Africa. Namely, the Best Landscape Architecture Dissertation award, The Corobrik Runner-Up Award for the Most Innovative Landscape Architecture Dissertation and the award for Best Overall Student.

After graduating, she worked in both the Public and Private sectors on various projects at both precinct and detail design scale. Additionally, she presented a Guest Lecture series at the University of Cape Town that details the early life of the first nation of South Africa, the Khoi-Khoi, and the lessons the design industry can adopt from their innovative yet indigenous, nature-based technologies. She is currently studying for an MSc in Urban Planning in Grenoble, France. She hopes to use the skills she obtains from this to assist in the strategic planning of post-colonial cities and provide a positive socio-environmental change in unequal territories.