Executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Martha Thorne, will deliver a talk Monday, March 20, at 12:00 Noon in the Stuckeman School Jury Space. This event is free and open to the public.
Martha Thorne is dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, one of five schools at an innovative, private university in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. She is also executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005.
From 1996 to 2005, Thorne worked as a curator at the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. In her curatorial role, she undertook research, exhibition production, and collection development.
She is the co-author of the books Masterpieces of Chicago Architecture and Skyscrapers: The New Millennium; editor of David Adler: The Elements of Style; editor and author for The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years. Additionally she has written numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias.
In recent years, Thorne has facilitated competitions and led the architecture selection process for various public institutions and universities. She was a member of the jury for the international prize, ArcVision-Women and Architecture Award and the board of the International Archive of Women in Architecture.
Thorne holds a master of city planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics.