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Traces of Peter Rice
A celebration of the work of engineer Peter Rice at Queen’s University Belfast
Peter Rice is Ireland’s most celebrated structural engineer of his generation. A native of Dundalk, he graduated from Queen’s in 1956 and moved to London where he began working for Arup. He spent several years in Australia on Arup’s design team for the Sydney Opera House which paved the way for his later engineering achievements, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and the Lloyds Building (London). He remained at Arup throughout his life, becoming a director of Ove Arup and Partners in 1977. In 1982 he also co-founded RFR with Martin Francis and Ian Ritchie to develop innovative projects in France like the “Facades Bioclimatiques” for the Museum of Science and Industry at Parc de la Villette, Paris, which were a breakthrough in the use of structural glass and tensile cable truss bracing systems. Peter Rice died at the age of 57 years in 1992.
In addition to the brilliance of his engineering, Rice was a deep-rooted humanist, a characteristic reflected in his collaborative work across disciplines and cultures. His relevance to upcoming generations is twofold – his reading of culture as being profoundly life-enhancing and his refusal to be limited by traditional boundaries be they territorial, intellectual or professional.
Queen’s University Belfast is most conscious and proud of the achievement of Peter Rice (1935-1992), one of our most distinguished alumnae, and is organising this series of events and activities in his honour.
Organised by School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering and The Naughton Gallery, Queen’s University Belfast in collaboration with Arup
A dedicated website with information about Peter Rice, the exhibition, and related events has been set up by SPACE (School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering):