August 29, 2005
Martha Thorne, currently associate curator
of architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago, has been
named executive director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
The announcement came in mid-August from Thomas J. Pritzker,
president of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award.
Thorne assumes the position immediately and replaces Bill
Lacy, former president of Purchase College in New York, who
has been the executive director since 1988.
The executive director, while not a voting member of the
jury, facilitates deliberations, acts as secretary to the
jury, and is responsible for many of the on-going proceedings.
Thorne, who has been with the Art Institute since 1995,
has curated exhibitions like the Pritzker Architecture Prize:
The First Twenty-five Years, as well as Modern Trains and
Splendid Stations and Bilbao: The Transformation of a City.
She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the