Traces of Peter Rice (PB)

Edited by: Kevin Barry

Publication Date: May 2017

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Lilliput Press is delighted to be reissuing Traces of Peter Rice for the first time in paperback. This book is a collaborative enterprise, British, French and Irish, representing the countries where Peter Rice passed most of his life and the cultures that formed him. These essays and cameos range widely across his career and legacy. Family, friends, scholars and colleagues write about his work, his solutions to intractable problems and his aesthetic sense, seeking to provide an understanding of his works and days. On the books original publication in 2012, Arup Phase 2 in London, the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris and Farmleigh Gallery in Dublin developed a series of exhibitions, workshops and conferences dedicated to Peter Rice, for which the essays in Traces of Peter Rice provide an indispensable foundation.

Peter Rice (1935-1992), a native of Dundalk, was educated at Newbridge College, Queens University, Belfast and Imperial College, London. He joined Ove Arup & Partners in 1956 becoming a director in 1978. Widely regarded as the most distinguished structural engineer of the late twentieth century, his innovations in materials and design hugely advanced the nature of modern architecture. After early work on the Sydney Opera House, he defined the structural elements of buildings like the Centre Pompidou, the Menil Collection museum, Lloyd’s of London, the Gare TGV at Roissy, the Pyramide Inversée of the Louvre, Kansai International Airport and the
Full-Moon Theatre in the Languedoc. His posthumous An Engineer Imagines (1994) became a byword amongst students and his peers.

His influence shaped a new generation of architects and engineers, through his commitment to the integrity of a structure, his refusal of precedent and courage as a designer. He has imprinted les traces de la main on material culture and the built environment with a use of cast steel, ductile iron, stone, glass and ferro-cement. Whether adapting nature’s patterns to build flexible structures or transforming our experience of the ecology of light, his public spaces delight and surprise with their sensual mathematics and triumphant integration of the human and the monumental.


Kevin Barry is Professor Emeritus, School of Humanities, National University of Ireland, Galway.

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3 reviews for Traces of Peter Rice (PB)

  1. Lilliput Press

    These essays, edited by Kevin Barry, Professor Emeritus, NUI, Galway, introduces a fascinating creative genius who could truly be said to have added to the gaiety of nations. And it’s not a dry technical tome. Those who can’t tell a gerbil from a gerberette can still enjoy the story of a remarkable Irishman. – The Sunday Times

  2. Lilliput Press

    A tribute volume to the late Irish structural engineer, a genius of his profession. Highly recommended. – Patrick

  3. Lilliput Press

    Touching accounts of what others remember of a brilliant human – Demi

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Weight 0.3 kg
Dimensions 156 × 234 mm

Paperback: 144pp

Publication Date

May 2017

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