George Thrush


George Thrush, FAIA

Professor & Director

School of Architecture, Northeastern University, Boston

George Thrush is Director of the School of Architecture at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. His research, practice, writing, and teaching all revolve around contemporary urban issues in architecture. The School he heads focuses on design solutions for Boston’s “post-industrial landscape” of former transportation infrastructure and other difficult sites. He is among the primary authors of a comprehensive regional transportation and development proposal for the Boston metropolitan area called The New Urban Ring. 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.

Thrush has written extensively in the popular press on matters of architecture and urban design. He has served on many public review panels, and in 2011 hosted an academic conference entitled “THE PROCESS: Public Participation and Design in Contested Cities Since the 1960s.” He was one of three recipients nationwide of the 1996 AIA Young Architects Citation. 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. He currently writes a blog for Boston Magazine at