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:

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 2022 for updated application instructions.

For reference, the last cycle's instructions were as follows:

  • You must include a written statement (up to 600 words) describing the contribution of the submitted work in advanced engineering and innovation in design. This must be submitted as a separate file to the provided file upload link, even if the rest of your project is viewable on a website.
  • All submissions must be electronic.
  • Please label your files as follows:
    • ProjectTitle_PrizeName_Statement
    • ProjectTitle_PrizeName_1ofX, ProjectTitle_PrizeName_2ofX, etc. (X is the total number of files, not counting your statement, you are uploading)
  • The link to upload will be provided in the Qualtrics form. The upload will automatically add your name to the file when you submit it.
  • You may submit work from group projects. In those cases, please include the names and programs of all collaborators in your written statement and have them ready to submit in the Qualtrics form as well.
  • You should prepare your prize materials fully before you apply using the link above. You will need to provide the link to your website, if applicable, and be prepared to upload your statement and any project files. All file uploads are also due by the application deadline.

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

Questions may be submitted to Erica George in the Office of Student Affairs.