Norman N. Rice was born in Philadelphia, and graduated from Central High School before earning a B. Arch. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1924. After graduation, he worked as a draftsman and designer with a number of Philadelphia firms. Rice left the city in 1928, and after traveling widely in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, worked in the Paris office of Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret between 1929 and 1930. He returned to Philadelphia in 1931 and joined the firm of Howe & Lescaze during the seminal PSFS Building project. In 1932, Rice established an independent practice in Philadelphia that lasted for some fifty years. In the 1950s he taught at the Philadelphia Museum School of Art, and in 1963 he returned to the University of Pennsylvania to teach, continuing there until 1977. He made a substantial contribution to architectural education at the University of Pennsylvania through the Master's studio he co-taught with Louis I. Kahn, Robert Le Ricolais and August E. Komendant.
From the description of Norman N. Rice architectural records and papers, 1920-1974. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122612868