I watched “Traces of Peter Rice,” Arup’s documentary on the career of Peter Rice this morning.
According to Arup, “This documentary explores the life, career and legacy of Peter Rice, the celebrated RIBA Gold Medal-winning engineer who died 20 years ago this year. It examines Peter’s approach to engineering and to design and shows how his way of working broadened the horizons for both engineers and architects in his lifetime, a legacy that is still relevant today.”
Near the end of the film, Ian Ritchie, an architect and fellow co-founder of Rice’s of RJR, says that Rice’s true legacy is “that the engineer is more than an engineer. And that’s, I think, what we need today. We talk about the twenty-first century being the century of the engineer, but we need engineers who are very, very broad in their makeup. And very rich, poetically, in their thinking.”
Whether or not you are already familiar with his work, and I am ashamed to say that I was not, I think you’ll find the film deeply moving.
You can watch it here.