Stella Nair



Office: Dodd 247J
Phone: 310 825 8232
stellanair@ucla.edu

Trained as an architect and architectural historian, Stella Nair studies the art, architecture, and urbanism of the Americas prior to the European invasion. Nair has conducted fieldwork in Bolivia, Mexico, Peru, and the U.S. Midwest, with ongoing projects in the South Central Andes. Her scholarly interests include 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. In support of her research, Nair has received grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Association, the Center for the Study of the Visual Arts (National Gallery of Art), Dumbarton Oaks, the Fulbright Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the John Carter Brown Library. Nair’s article “Localizing Sacredness, Difference, and Yachacuscamcani in a Colonial Andean Painting” was awarded the distinction as one of thirty two ‘greatest hits’ published in the last hundred years of the Art Bulletin. Nair and her colleague Charlene Villasenor Black are currently developing and expanding Latin American art initiatives on the UCLA campus and in Southern California.

Links to Latin American Art and Architecture Initiatives at UCLA:

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