This is the world's first monograph written and published on master architect Lilian J. Rice authored by biographer and historian, Diane Y. Welch, who is designated as Rice's official biographer by family descendants. She is the world’s leading expert on the life and work of Rice. To produce the book several years of research were undertaken. Over a period of four years Diane discovered many breakthrough facts about the often misunderstood female architect who not only survived but thrived in the male dominated profession of architecture during the years of the Great Depression.

     Diane has culled a comprehensive project list and used some of the top, award winning architectural photographers in San Diego to capture Rice’s extant buildings. The result is a beautiful volume of 400 illustrations that presents an accurate and comprehensive retelling of the life and works of this master architect who has been relegated to the shadows of time for far too long. With academic notes, floorplans and architectural renderings this is a must have for any architectural library, for those interested in women’s history, or for anyone with a curiosity about the human experience.

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     Thanks for visiting the newly established web site for Lilian J. Rice. She was a remarkable woman and an extraordinary architect.

     The many links you find here will lead down the road to discovery about the prolific work of this unique and underappreciated professional of the 1920's and 1930's.

     If you or your organization would like to schedule a professional and in depth personal audio/visual presentation about Lilian J. Rice, please click on the "Contact" button above and e-mail me for an immediate reply.


     Sincerely yours,



                                                       Diane Y. Welch






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