Rice, Lilian Jeannette

Lilian Jeannette Rice

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Dates of Birth and Death

June 12, 1889-December 22, 1938


National City, California


  • BL in Social Sciences, Department of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley. Class of 1910.

Years of practice

1921–1938 (estimated)


  • Lilian J. Rice

Location of architect’s archive

Drawings held at the Museum of San Diego History, CA

Related websites


California, Rancho Santa Fe, commercial, institutional, residential

View Lilian Jeannette Rice‘s profile on the Pioneering Women website


Early life and education

Born in National City, CA June 12, 1889, died on December 22, 1938 from ovarian cancer.

Attended University of California, Berkeley, 1906-1911. Received a Bachelor of Letters Degree in Social Sciences, major in architecture. Post Graduate in Teaching, at UC Berkeley, 1911. Course in naval architecture and marine engineering, UC Berkeley, 1918.

Career in Architecture

Worked as a draftswoman for architect Hazel Waterman circa 1910-1914, draftswoman, designer and associate for Requa and Jackson circa 1921-1923. On staff as resident supervisory architect for the Santa Fe Land Improvement Company 1923-1928. Opened own office in Rancho Santa Fe in 1928.

Major Buildings and Projects

The Civic Center commercial district and scores of residential projects at Rancho Santa Fe, CA.; San Dieguito Union High School, CA; ZLAC Rowing Club, CA; Lilian J. Rice Elementary School, CA.

Press and Awards

AIA Honor Awards, 1933, for La Valenciana Apartment Building, Rancho Santa Fe, CA; the ZLAC Rowing Club, Pacific Beach, CA; Christine Arnberg Residence, La Jolla, CA


Various magazine articles.

Subject of  Diane Y. Welch’s monograph, “Lilian J. Rice: Architect of Rancho Santa Fe, California” [Schiffer, April 2010] World’s first monograph published on this important pioneer in women’s architecture.

Institutional Affiliations

AIA 1931-1938