Katie Thornburrow was brought up in Hong Kong and received her architectural training in the UK. She has worked in practice and research, and was a partner of a commercial architectural practice before joining Cambridge Architectural Research in 1997. In parallel, she runs an active architectural practice specialising in the restoration and extension of historic buildings.
She has two degrees in architecture and passed the required professional qualifications within two years of leaving university. Since that time, she has been continuously registered as a professional architect and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 2011 she registered as an RIBA Conservation Architect.
In 2013 she started a fulltime Master’s degree in Food Policy and passed with distinction while running her architectural practice.