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IE School of Architecture appoints Martha Thorne as dean

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Martha Thorne has been appointed as dean of the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid

The Pritzker Prize executive director has been involved in the school since it was set up in 2006 and prior to this new role was associate dean of external relations at the Madrid-based university.  

The school teaches a five-year bachelor degree in architecture alongside a masters in architectural management and design.

Thorne, who has been a judge of the AJ Women in Architecture Awards since their inception, was associate curator of the Department of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1996 to 2005.

She holds a masters in city planning from the University of Pennsylvania, an undergraduate degree in Urban Affairs from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has also studied at the London School of Economics.

Speaking about the appointment, Santiago Iñiguez, president of IE University, said: ‘Martha Thorne’s commitment to international architectural education and her expertise in the global architecture market have made her a reference worldwide within the industry.

‘Her appointment as dean of IE School of Architecture and Design will serve to further the school’s aim to bring the best of innovation and management to architectural disciplines.’

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