MARTHA THORNE / HOUSTON
RICE School of Architecture
Martha Thorne is currently Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design and is also the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005.
From 1996 through 2005, she served as Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. Her work during her tenure at the museum involved curating many exhibitions, developing publications, and participating in the groundbreaking study on collecting, archiving, and exhibiting digitally created design materials. She is the co-author of the books Masterpieces of Chicago Architecture and Skyscrapers: The New Millennium, editor and author for The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years, and author of numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias. She regularly serves on international competition juries. She was as a Trustee of the Graham Foundation for Architecture and the Fine Arts and on the Board of Directors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture.
Martha Thorne 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.
She is a member of the Board of trustees of the Foundation for Contemporary Architecture since 2012.