27 Nov 2012—5 April 2013
An exhibition about Irish structural engineer Peter Rice (1935-1992), including design stories from three of his projects: Centre Pompidou, the Menil Collection and the Full-Moon Theatre.
Peter Rice was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in 1992 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the design of the built environment.
Through his innovative use of glass, steel and other materials, Rice pushed the boundaries of his discipline, so that today his “traces” are evident in buildings worldwide.
The exhibition featured prototypes, maquettes, drawings, paintings, photography and documentation of performance testing. Reference was made to Rice’s creative collaborations with architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, artist Frank Stella and opera designer Humbert Camerlo. As well as exceptional analytic skills, Peter Rice had a love of poetry and an interest in the world around him. He was an engineer who was also a humanist, and his projects continue to appeal to new generations.
“Traces of Peter Rice“ edited by Kevin Barry, featuring essays and interviews by family, friends, scholars and colleagues, including Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, is available at Lilliput Press. ISBN: 9781 84351 3865