Remembering Peter Rice

By The Helpful Engineer / On / In People & Media

Peter Rice
Peter Rice (1935-1992) -Source Arup

Ireland’s Peter Rice was one of the most talented Engineers of recent times. His work covered iconic buildings including The Sydney Opera House, The Pompidou Centre and Kansai’s International Airport.

Sadly this month marks the 21st anniversary of his death. To commemorate this, a number of events will be held in Ireland.

One of the most interesting is an exhibition of his work. This will be held at the National College of Art and Design in Thomas Street, Dublin. It will include lectures and a screening of a film about his career. But the bit that has really interested me is that there will be scale models of many structural details which Peter Rice designed. These were made by students from DIT, Dublin Institute of Technology.

For those who are interested in learning more about this great engineer and his work, the event is called ‘Learning from Peter Rice: Under the Skin’. It will run from the 17th to the 31th of October (2013).  Click here for more information on the event.

For those of you unable to attend, the film about his career which will be shown as part of the event is available on the Arup company website, click here to view. Click here for more information about his career.

Finally a quote:

“Rice was, perhaps, the James Joyce of structural engineering. His poetic invention, his ability to turn accepted ideas on their head and his rigorous mathematical and philosophical logic made him one of the most sought-after engineers of our times.”

Jonathan Glancey in an obituary to Peter Rice.

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