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I.M. Pei dies at 102

Pei Cobb's founding architect Freed & Partners (originally I.M. Pei & Associates) and 1983 Pritzker Prize winner I.M. Pei, passed away at the age of 102.

Pei's influence could be felt around the world, from the National Gallery of Art, East Building, in Washington, DC, to the iconic pyramid-shaped glass entrance of the Louvre in Paris, to the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong.


The entrance pyramid to the Louvre by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners (Courtesy AIA)

He won the Pritzker Prize in 1983 and on 11 December 1992 President George H. W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom [2]. He was one of the last great masters of modernist architecture. He worked with abstract forms, using stone, concrete, glass and steel. Pei was one of the most successful architects of the 20th century.


Everson Museum of Art (1968)

Pei's brutalist museums are less known, but no less impressive, such as the 1968 Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, or the 1973 Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art in Ithaca, New York, reflected the reports of Pei with modernists like Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer and their work, and introduced revolutionary modern architecture for smaller cities.


National Gallery of Art, East Building (Son of Groucho / Via Flickr)

Pei, born in Guangzhou, China, in 1917, moved to the United States in 1935 to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Pei was dissatisfied and eventually left for MIT, before graduating from high school and later attending the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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