Established in 1993 by Moshe Safdie and family, friends, and colleagues, in memory of Peter Rice, the Peter Rice Prize honors students of exceptional promise in the school’s architecture and advanced degree programs who have proven their competence and innovation in advancing architecture and structural engineering.

Peter Rice (1935-1992) was an Irish structural engineer who collaborated with some of the most talented architects of the late 20th century, including I. M. Pei, Renzo Piano, and Richard Rogers, on buildings that became icons of contemporary design, including the Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, and Lloyd’s of London. He was renowned for his innate ability to act as both an engineer and designer, bringing a uniquely poetic feeling to his work.

Recent recipients include:

2022: Hangsoo Jeong (MArch I ’22) for three projects
2021: Erin Linsey Hunt (MDes Tech ’21) and Yaxuan Liu (MArch I ’21) for NuBlock
2020: Peteris Lazovskis (MArch I ’20)
2019: Willem Bogardus (MArch I ’21) and Daniel Tish (DDes ’22)
2018: Spyridon Ampanavos (MDes ’16, DDes ’21) and Nicole Bakker (MDE ’18) and Peter Osborne (MDes ’19)
2016: Manuel Martinez Alonso (MDes ’17)
2015: Jeonghyun Kim (MArch II ’15)
2014: Juhun Lee (MDes ’14) and Ana Garcia Puyol (MDes ’14)
2013: Jose Luis Garcia del Castillo Lopez (MDes ’13, DDes ’19)
2012: Carlos Felix Raspall Galli (DDes ’15)
2011: Sandra Herrera Martinez (MArch II ’11)

The Peter Rice Prize call for applications is currently closed. Please check back in Spring 2024 for updated application instructions.


Students in all GSD programs are eligible to apply.

You may submit one or more projects to be considered for this award.


To streamline both the submission and review processes, projects will be submitted in electronic format to a dedicated OneDrive folder.

Start the process sufficiently prior to noon in order to ensure your project has time to upload fully before the deadline.

All submissions must be electronic; uploads will automatically add your name to the file when submitted so do not add your name to the file name.

Label your files as follows: 

    • Cover letter: ProjectTitle_PRP_CoverLetter
    • Written statement: ProjectTitle_PRP_Statement
    • Project files: ProjectTitle_PRP_1ofXProjectTitle_ PRP_2ofX, etc. (X is the total number of files, not counting your statement or cover letter, you are uploading)

Submissions must include the following three components:

  • You must include a cover letter with each prize submission, which must include the following information:
    • Your first and last names
    • Your program
    • Your graduation year
    • Your email addresses (both GSD and personal)
    • Indicate if it is an individual or joint project submission; if joint, include full names, program and graduation year information of all collaborators
    • Your project’s title
    • Prize name
    • Indicate how you are submitting your work (all work via OneDrive file upload link (provided in GSDNow), project entirely on web and statement via OneDrive file upload link (provided in GSDNow), project partially on web and rest via OneDrive file upload link (provided in GSDNow)
  • You must include a written statement (up to 600 words) with each prize submission. This must be submitted as a separate file to the OneDrive file upload link (provided in GSDNow), even if the rest of your project is viewable on a website.
  • You must include your project, either via OneDrive file upload link (provided in GSDNow), project entirely on web, or project partially on web and rest via OneDrive file upload link (provided in GSDNow).

You can find the OneDrive file upload link in GSDNow or in the email announcement made to all students.


Prize recipients will be announced at the GSD Awards & Diploma Ceremony as part of Commencement.


Questions may be addressed to Thetis Li in Academic Affairs.