Martha Thorne

Dean, IE School of Architecture and Design (Spain)

Martha Thorne is the Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, part of the innovative IE University in Madrid/Segovia, Spain. She is also the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005. From 1995 to 2005, she worked as curator in Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. She has written numerous articles for books and journals on contemporary architecture and cities. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture and the Graham Foundation for Fine Arts. She has participated on juries for the new National Museum of Chinese Art, Zaryadye Park in Moscow and the international jury for ArcVision – Women and Architecture Prize among others.

Martha received a Master of City Planning degree 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.


Living in cities. Livable cities?
With so much attention given to the speed and scale of urbanization globally,  it is not always easy to bring the conversation down to the level of livability as understood by residents.  Bridging this gap is especially relevant to architects and designers.  How we improve the quality of life in cities, even when they are so dynamic and constantly changing,  has to do with new techniques for approaching urbanism,  architecture and public participation among other crucial factors.



Forum 2 – Urban Experience Reimagined

13 JUN Wednesday

2:15 pm - 6:00 pm

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