Architecture Lab

Site Plan, Chinchero, Peru (Stella Nair)

Architecture Lab: Room A332
Faculty Director: Stella Nair
Lab Coordinator: AJ Meyer
Graduate Students: Sergio Alarcón RobledoGeorgi KyorlenskiAJ Meyer, Louise Deglin
Research Affiliates: Paul Burtenshaw, Sergio Alarcón Robledo

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 and Aztec architecture, and community focused conservation projects. 

Additionally, the Architecture Lab periodically offers workshops on relevant topics. In February 2019, 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. The workshop tutorial and materials are available here: Day 1 and Day 2 along with a 3D component.

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 Georgi Kyorlenski (Archaeology IDP) and AJ Meyer (Art History) for further information.


Kanaraqay, Peru panorama

Kañaraqay, Peru (Georgi Kyorlenski)

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