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Stella Nair


M.Arch University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Office: 247J Dodd Building
Phone: 310-825-8232
Fax: 310-206-4723
E-mail: snair@humnet.ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology
308 Charles E Young Dr. North
A210 Fowler Building/Box 951510
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1510

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Department of Art History

Research Interests

Material culture studies, cross-cultural exchange, hemispheric networks, landscape transformations, spatial theory, and construction technology.

Her publications explore a range of subjects, such as the design of Inca royal estates, Tiahuanaco stone carving, colonial Andean paintings, and Brazilian urbanism.

Selected Publications

At Home with the Sapa Inca: Architecture, Space, and Legacy at Chinchero. Austin: University of Texas Press. July 2015.

The Stones of Tiahuanaco: A Study of Architecture and Construction (with Jean-Pierre Protzen). Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, 2013.

“Witnessing the In-Visibility of Inca Architecture in Colonial Peru, Buildings and Landscapes 14, no. 2 (Fall 2007): 50–65.

“Localizing Sacredness, Difference, and Yachacuscamcani in a Colonial Andean Painting,” Art Bulletin 89, no. 2 (June 2007):209–238.

"Who Taught the Inca Stonemasons Their Skills? A Comparison of Tiahuanaco and Inca Cut-Stone Masonry" (with Jean-Pierre Protzen), JSAH – Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 56, no. 2 (1997): 146–167.


The American Philosophical Association
The Center for the Study of the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art)
Dunbarton Oaks
The Fulbright Institute
the Getty Foundation
the John Carter Brown Libary

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