Rice’s unique Preceptorship program places students in leading offices around the world for a year of experience as an integral part of the curriculum.
The one-year Rice Preceptorship program was formally established in 1968 to provide a practicum between the fourth and fifth years of the Bachelor of Architecture curriculum. Participating offices are selected by the school from among the leading firms in the US and abroad and appointed by the university for two-year terms. Current firms include Johnston Marklee in LA, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro in NY, Thomas Phifer & Partners in NY, and Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris among others.

Preceptees intern for a minimum 9-month period, participate in a variety of roles that provide a better understanding of the scope of professional practice, and are paid competitive wages. Seniors apply by portfolio first to the fifth year program, which is comprised of Preceptorship followed by a final fifth year of academic study. Two analytical reports per semester are required of preceptees in addition to submission, upon their return, of a portfolio of work produced.


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Ennead Architects

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Kieran Timberlake

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Kohn, Pederson, Fox Architects

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Zimmer, Gunsul, & Frasca

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