Architecture Lab

Site Plan, Chinchero, Peru (Stella Nair)

Architecture Lab: Fowler Building, Room A332
Faculty Director: Stella Nair
Lab Coordinator: AJ Meyer
Graduate Students: Georgi KyorlenskiAJ Meyer, Louise Deglin, Alba Menendez Pereda, Tori Schmitt, Erica Luedtke
Undergraduate students: Ana Laura Paolini Paiva

Research Affiliates: Paul Burtenshaw, Sergio Alarcón Robledo, Sara Morrisset
Alumni: Kevin Hill, C. J. Zepeda

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Machu Picchu, Peru (Stella Nair)

Ritual leader performing on a momoztli platform at Tenochtitlan. Folio 269r, Sahagún's Primeros Memoriales, Nahua artist. 

The Architecture Lab is directed by Stella Nair, Associate Professor of Indigenous Arts of the Americas in the Department of Art History. Nair was trained as an architect and architectural historian and, she specializes in the study of materials, construction technology, and spatial practices. 

Metal Tools for flattening a stone (Stella Nair)

The focus of the lab is on architectural design, construction, materials, and conservation. Her graduate students conduct research in the facilities. Current projects include Inca, Egyptian, French, Mexica, and Wari architecture, and community focused conservation projects. 

Architecture Working Group

Also housed in the Architecture Lab, the Architecture Working Group brings together doctoral students from across campus who are working on Architectural history topics, ranging from design and construction studies, to larger critique of the built environment across time and space. The group meets for informal discussions, lecture presentations, shared readings, and workshops. Doctoral students interested in participating should contact AJ Meyer (Art History) for further information.

Collaboration with the Digital Lab

The Architecture Laboratory works closely with UCLA’s Digital Archaeology Lab and the Digital Research Consortium to share resources as well as facilitate and coordinate architectural research for members of the Cotsen community.


The Architecture Lab offers workshops on relevant topics.

Events include:

   1. The Architecture Lab collaborated with the Scholarly Innovation Lab (YRL) for a two part workshop on Architectural Drawings: A) Vectorworks B) Advanced Drawing in the Field (coming soon!).

   2. The Architecture Lab teamed up with the Institute for Digital Research and Education and the Digital Archaeology Lab to offer a 2-day workshop on ArcGIS for Archaeologists (Day 1 and Day 2 along with a 3D component).


Kanaraqay, Peru panorama

Kañaraqay, Peru (Georgi Kyorlenski)

Sergio Alarcón Robledo conducting an experiment on the mechanical properties of mud bricks built with different recipes.