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Rice, Peter

Peter Rice

“Born in Dundalk Co. Louth, Peter Rice spent most of his childhood between the town of Dundalk, and the villages of Gyles Quay and Inniskeen. He was educated at the local CBS before going to Newbridge College and then on to Queen’s University Belfast. He originally started to study Aeronautical Engineering but he found it uninteresting and switched to Civil Engineering. After he received his primary degree, he spent a year at Imperial College in London before joining Ove Arup and Partners in 1956 to work on the Sydney Opera House.”[1]

“Afterwards Rice worked with Frei Otto, a principal client of Arup’s, on projects involving tension structures. In 1971, Rice went on to collaborate with Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano to win the competition held by the French government to design the Centre Pompidou in Paris. For the following years, Rice would continue to team up with internationally recognized architects such I.M. Pei, Norman Foster, Ian Ritchie, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano, Paul Andreu and Kenzo Tange to create numerous and diverse structures. Rice decided to establish RFR (Rice Francis Ritchie) in Paris with Martin Francis and Ian Ritchie while still continuing to work for Arup for a while. In 1992 he became the second engineer to receive the RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture. Shortly after, Rice died from a brain tumor at the age of fifty seven.”[2]



Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Lloyd’s Building, London, United Kingdom

Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France

The Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France

1 – Archiseek
2 – Ramirez-Santarriaga, Paola. Architecture Engineers of the 20th and 21st Century, University of Texas at Austin

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Written by Oliver Chang

February 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Posted in Engineers

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