Architecture Lab

Site Plan, Chinchero, Peru (Stella Nair)

Architecture Lab: Room A332
Faculty Director: Stella Nair
Research Associate/Lab Manager: Paul Burtenshaw
Lab Coordinator: Sergio Alarcón Robledo
Graduate Students: Sergio Alarcón RobledoGeorgi KyorlenskiAJ Meyer

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. 

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 and Aztec architecture, and community focused conservation projects. 


Metal Tools for flattening a stone (Stella Nair)

Kanaraqay, Peru panorama

Kañaraqay, Peru (Georgi Kyorlenski)

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