• Architecture

George Thrush

Professor Emeritus

George Thrush is a professor at the School of Architecture and was the founding director. His articles include “Ring City: Civic Liberalism and Urban Design” and “Boston’s New Urban Ring: An Antidote to Fragmentation”. His work seeks to connect transportation, urban design, and civic image in an increasingly privatized economic arena. He received his B.Arch. from the University of Tennessee in 1984, and his M. Arch. from Harvard University in 1988. In 2005, his work was celebrated with his entry into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows.


  • B., Arch, University of Tennessee
  • M., Arch, Harvard University


  • Young Architect Award, American Institute of Architects, 1996
  • Fellow, College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects, 2005

Professional Experience

  • Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill 1984-85
  • Ayers, Saint, Gross Architects, 1985-86
  • George Thrush, Architect, 1989-1996
  • Smart Architecture, 1996-2002
  • Architect & Design Consultant, 2003-present

Past Clients

  • Harbor Towers, Boston, MA
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • City of Boston
  • Boston Residential Group

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Northeastern
  • Understanding Design
  • Architecture, Infrastructure and the City
  • Option Studio
  • Project Case Studies I
  • Project Case Studies II

Research/Publications Highlights

• Clean Slate, The Boston Globe, 2007


• Boston’s New Urban Ring: An Antidote to Urban Fragmentation, 1996


• Ring City: Civic Liberalism and Urban Design, 1996

Professional Affiliations

• Boston Society of Architects, Member

• American Institute of Architects, Member

• Registered Architect, Massachusetts, since 1989


Research Interests

  • Infrastructure and Urban Design
  • Public Design Review