Lauren Jacobi

Lauren Jacobi is the Clarence H. Blackall Career Development Associate Professor of Architectural History in the History, Theory + Criticism section of the Department of Architecture, MIT. A scholar of early industrial and early modern Europe, she published The Architecture of Banking in Renaissance Italy: Constructing the Spaces of Money (Cambridge University Press, 2019). It probes historical relationships between banks and religious behavior, exploring urban geographies and architectural forms that unveil moral attitudes toward money during the birth of capitalism. She is working on a project, nomos of the sea, in which she studies how spatial practices extended to aquatic realms in the Mediterranean world.