Mari Yoko Hara

Lecturer and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow ​

Renaissance Art and Architecture
Ph.D. University of Virginia 2015

Contact Information

Phone: (212) 854-1938
Office: 653B Schermerhorn Extension
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 4-6


Yoko Hara specializes in the art and architecture of early modern Europe, with particular emphasis on the Italian setting. Her research reflects her interests in the visuality of architecture, the intersections of building and language, virtual and real place-making, theater and performance, and the historiography of classicism in a global context.

Hara holds a Master's degree in Art History from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of Virginia. She is the recipient of a number of grants and fellowships, including the Samuel H. Kress Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize in Early Modern Studies from the American Academy in Rome (2012-14). Prior to her appointment at Columbia, Hara was a research fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa in Italy (2014-15), and lecturer in the Department of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design (2015-16).

As Mellon Fellow, she will be editing a book manuscript that holistically examines the "painter-architect" – a professional trajectory that emerged in the early modern world outside of the guild system's normative classification of trades, and exemplified by the career of the sixteenth-century Tuscan artist Baldassarre Peruzzi. Turning to Peruzzi's deep, lifelong engagement in intermedial dialogue, this work will demonstrate how Renaissance painter-architects like him transformed spatial design both conceptually and technically, and redefined building as a visual art.