She is an architect, academic, curator, editor, and author. Former Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2006-2021). Prior to joining IE University, she was Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago. 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 currently serves on an international jury for the award, ArcVision: Women and Architecture, a prize honouring outstanding women architects. She also lectures and assists with international architectural competitions.