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Lecture and Public Talk by Martha Thorne. Pritzker Prize. Star Status and Politics

3 June 2017


Pritzker Architecture Prize Executive Director Martha Thorne will speak about some of the leading contemporary architects and their interrelations with politics and society.

The Pritzker Prize is often dubbed the Nobel Prize for architecture. The most prestigious among the existent architectural awards, it has been given annually since 1979, with Frank Gehry, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Norman Foster, Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, and Shigeru Ban among its laureates.

Looking at the role contemporary architecture plays in present-day society, Martha Thorne will explain the main criteria of choosing the winning candidates and the functions of media sources in the tool set of a contemporary architect; she will interpret the notion of «significant contribution to humanity», and will try to answer the question how architectural achievements are being apprehended in the context of intercultural, social, and political discourses. Following the lecture, a discussion involving Martha Thorne, moderator Ekaterina Rovnova, and the audience will take place.

This event is part of the discussion program within the project Architecture and Freedom, organized with the participation of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.


Martha Thorne is an American architectural academic and curator. She studied at the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Pennsylvania. From 1996–2005 she was Associate Curator at the Department of Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2005, Thorne has been Executive Director of Pritzker Architecture Prize. Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, Madrid since 2015, Thorne is the author of many books and publications on architecture.

Ekaterina Rovnova is an architect, coordinator of the project Architecture and Freedom, graduate of the InLiberty School, and author of the resource.

how to take part

Free admission with advance registration

The lecture is in English with simultaneous translation into Russian.


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