Martha Thorne


Where is your hometown?
Rochester, New York,  USA

What do you teach?
An undergraduate course called  “Urban issues: Global cities.”

Your favorite thing about teaching?
The students, without a doubt! Their curiosity and enthusiasm!

What do you wish someone told you when you were in school?
That there is a difference between networking and forming professional relationships.  Relationships are something you can share and rely on for a long time.

What book is on your nightstand?
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.

What is one of the most valuable, yet underrated skills in business?
Knowing how to be a successful team player to make sure that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Your favorite quote?
“Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.”

How do you relax?
I like to cook and share time and meals with friends.

And where is your favorite spot in Madrid?
Paseo Pintor Rosales

Martha Thorne, who is also the Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, was photographed at the Edward Hopper exhibit of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid, Spain by Kerry Parke (July, 2012.)