Tracy Miller



The Divine Nature of Power: Chinese Ritual Architecture at the Sacred Site of Jinci. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Asia Center (distributed through Harvard University Press), 2007. Received the SECAC Award for Excellence in Scholarly Research and Publication, September 26, 2008.



“Rethinking Creativity: Generative Design and the Architecture of the Songyue Monastery Pagoda,” (accepted for publication by Artibus Asiae)

“Fojiao yuzhouguan zai Zhongguo miaoyu jianzhu zhong de bentuhua: yi Yi ci hui shizhu wei li佛教宇宙观在中国庙宇建筑中的本土化: 以义慈惠石柱为例” (an invited translation of my 2013 book chapter: “Naturalizing Buddhist Cosmology in the Temple Architecture of China: The Case of the Yicihui Pillar,”), translated by Gu Xinyi. Jianzhu xuebao 12 (2019): 48-54.

“Translating the ta: Pagoda, Tumulus, and Ritualized Mahāyāna in Seventh-Century China,” Tang Studies (2018): 82-120.

“Of Palaces and Pagodas: Palatial Symbolism in the Buddhist Architecture of Early Medieval China.” Frontiers of History in China 10.2 (2015): 222-263.

“Perfecting the Mountain: On the Morphology of Towering Temples in East Asia.” Journal of Chinese Architecture History 10 (2014): 419-449.

“The Eleventh-century Daxiongbaodian of Kaihuasi: Architectural Style in Southern Shanxi’s Shangdang Region.” Archives of Asian Art 58 (2008): 1-42.

“The Influence of Chinese Empire on East Asian Shrine Architecture: An Experiment in Cross-Cultural Comparison.” Asia Major XIX (2006): 267-297.

“Water Sprites and Ancestor Spirits: Reading the Architecture of Jinci.” The Art Bulletin 86.1 (2004): 6-30.

Translation by Amara Liu: “Shuishen yu zuling: yuedu Jinci jianzhu.” Chengshi yu sheji (City and Design) 4 (2008): 1-33.

Book Chapters

“Geometry, Cosmology and the Design of Early Buddhist Architecture in China: The Plan of the Songyuesi Pagoda几何学,宇宙论以及中国早期佛教建筑的设计: 从嵩岳寺塔的平面谈起” (translated by Zuo Lala 左拉拉). In Essence and Applications of Building Archaeology in China and Europe 建筑考古学的体与用, edited by Xu Yitao 徐怡涛 with Thomas Coomans 高曼士 and Zhang Jianwei 张剑葳, 51-61. Beijing: Zhongguo jianzhu gongye chubanshe, 2019.

“Invoking Higher Authorities: Song Taizong’s Quest for Imperial Legitimacy and its Architectural Legacy.” In State Power in China: 900-1325, edited by Patricia Buckley Ebrey and Paul Jakov Smith, 29-61. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016.

“Architecture During the Reign of the Yongle Emperor.” In Royal Taste: The Art of Princely Courts in Fifteenth-Century China. edited by Fan J. Zhang, 27-33. New York: Scala Art Publishers and The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 2015.

“The Architecture of the Three Teachings.” In Modern Chinese Religion: Value Systems in Transformation, edited by John Lagerwey and Pierre Marsone, 721-798.  Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2014.

“Naturalizing Buddhist Cosmology in the Temple Architecture of China: The Case of the Yicihui Pillar.” In Heaven on Earth: Temples, Ritual, and Cosmic Symbolism in the Ancient World (The University of Chicago Oriental Institute Seminars, No. 9), edited by Deena Ragavan, 17-39. Chicago: University of Chicago Oriental Institute, 2013.

“Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed: Local Style in the Architecture of Tenth-Century China.” In The Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms, edited by Peter Lorge, 167-222. Hong Kong: Chinese University Press, 2011.

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