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Born: April 26, 1917

Nationality: Chinese American

Masterpiece: Pyramids of the Louvre

Website: www.pcfandp.com

"Ieoh Ming Pei has given this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms. The significance of his work goes far beyond them: for his concern has always been the surroundings in which his buildings would rise.". Carleton Smith


Ieoh Ming Pei was born in Canton, China in 1917. At the age eighteen he moved to America to study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University. Pei worked as an instructor and then as an assistant professor at Harvard before he joined Webb & Knapp Inc. in New York in 1948. He was the head of the architectural division of Webb and Knapp, Inc. until 1960, when he resigned and founded his own architectural office, I. M. Pei & Partners, New York, which in 1979 became Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners. Pei's style is described as thoroughly modernist, with significant cubist themes. He is known for combining traditional architectural elements with progressive designs based on simple geometric patterns. As one critic writes: "Pei has been aptly described as combining a classical sense of form with a contemporary mastery of method." In 2000, biographer Carter Wiseman called Pei "the most distinguished member of his Late-Modernist generation still in practice".

Pei has won lots of prizes, including the Arnold Brunner Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1963), the Gold Medal for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1979), the AIA Gold Medal (1979), the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture from the Japan Art Association (1989), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and the 2010 Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1983 he was awarded the Pritzker Prize, also known as the Noble Prize for architecture.

Pei has designed over fifty projects in this country and abroad, many of which have been award winners. Here is a list of his top projects:

Notable Work

19611967 National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado, USA

1961 Kips Bay Plaza, New York City, USA

1961 Government Center Master Plan, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

1962 Place Ville-Marie, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

1963 Luce Memorial Chapel, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

1964 Green Building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

19681974 Christian Science Center, Boston, Massachusetts

1968 Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

1971 Harbor Towers, Boston, Massachusetts

1972 Dallas City Hall, Dallas, Texas

1972 Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut

1973 Commerce Court West in Toronto, Canada

1973 Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York

1975 OCBC Centre in Singapore

19781982 Indiana University Art Museum in Bloomington, Indiana

1979 John F. Kennedy Library, in Boston, Massachusetts

1979 One Dallas Center (Patriot Tower), in Dallas, Texas

1979 Baltimore World Trade Center, in Baltimore, Maryland

19791986 Javits Convention Center in New York City

19801985 Raffles City in Singapore.

19821990 Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong , China

1983 ARCO Tower, Dallas, Texas

1985 Wiesner building, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts

1986 Fountain Place, Dallas, Texas

1987 CenTrust Tower (now Bank of America Tower), Miami, Florida

1987 IBM Somers Office Complex, Somers, New York

1989 Pyramids of the Louvre, Paris, France (with Peter Rice)

1990 The Gateway, Singapore

1994 Four Seasons Hotel New York, New York City

1995 Bank of China Headquarters, Beijing

1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, Ohio

1996 Miho Museum, Shiga, Japan

2002 Tour EDF, La D?fense, France

2009 NASCAR Hall of Fame, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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