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Lucy Maulsby

Lucy Maulsby is an Associate Professor of Architectural History at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.  She received her B.A. in Art History from Smith College and her M.Phil. in the History and Theory of Architecture from Cambridge University in England, before earning her PhD at Columbia University. Maulsby’s research focuses on architectural responses to modernization with a special emphasis on the relationships between architecture, urbanism, and politics in Italy.

Her book Fascism, Architecture and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1923–43 (University of Toronto Press, 2014) explores the architectural and urban transformation of Milan in the interwar period. The project was funded by a number of fellowships, grants, and awards including a Whiting Fellowship and a Mellon Author Award. Her articles and reviews have been published in Future/Anterior, Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Urban History, Journal of Architectural Education, The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, and in City Halls and Civic Materialism: Towards a Global History of Urban Public Space. Her current book project The Legacy of Fascism in Postwar Italian Architecture has been supported by a Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship and Franklin Research Grant.

Research/Publications Highlights

  • Fascism, Architecture, and the Claiming of Modern Milan, 1922–43 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014).
  • “Case del Fascio and the making of modern Italy,” Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Vol. 20, No. 5 (December 2015): 663–685.
  • “Drinking from the River Lethe: Case del Fascio and the Legacy of Fascism in Postwar Italy,” Future/Anterior, Vol. XI No. 2 (Winter 2014): 18–39.
  • “Giustizia Fascista: The Representation of Fascist Justice in Marcello Piacentini’s Palace of Justice, Milan 1932–40,” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 73, no. 3 (Sept. 2014): 312–327.
  • “The Piazza degli Affari and the Contingent Nature of Urbanism in Fascist Milan,” Urban History, vol. 28 part 1 (May 2011): 65–83.

Professional Affiliations

  • Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative (GAHTC)
  • Society of Architectural Historians
  • College Art Association
  • Docomomo-US, Italy
  • European Architectural History Network
  • European Association for Urban History




  • Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Art History and Archaeology (2007),Columbia University, New York, NY
  • Masters of Philosophy, Department of Architecture,Cambridge University, Clare College, Cambridge, England
  • Bachelor of Arts, Art History (1995),Smith College, Northampton, MA


  • Visiting Scholar, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, awarded 2015.
  • Mellon Author Award, Society of Architectural Historians, awarded November 2013.
  • Research Grant, College of Arts Media and Design, Northeastern University, awarded March 2013.
  • Franklin Research Grant, American Philosophical Society, awarded March 3, 2011.
  • Wolfsonian-FIU Fellowship, Wolfsonian Foundation, Miami Beach, FL. April 28–May 16, 2008.
  • Whiting Fellowship, Columbia University, 2004–05.

Research Focus

  • Architectural history
  • Modernism
  • Modernization
  • Urban history
  • Architecture and politics
  • Modern Italy
  • Cultural heritage
  • Difficult histories

Courses Taught

  • ARCH 2330 Architecture Modernity and the City, I
  • ARCH 2340 Architecture Modernity and the City, II
  • ARCH 3370 Topics in Architectural History