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MARTHA THORNE, Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design & Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Madrid, Spain

MARTHA THORNE is dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, one of five schools that comprise the innovative, international IE University based in Madrid, Spain. She is also executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, a position she has held since 2005. Her current interests focus on the role of architecture and design in making cities more livable and the development of new teaching methods for architecture and design education .

Prior to her current role, she worked as a curator at the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. In her curatorial position, she undertook research, exhibition production and collection development, as well as edited books and wrote numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias.

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, and other initiatives to support women in contemporary 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.