I.M. Pei dies at 102 years old

Ieoh Ming Pei (Canton, April 26, 1917 - New York, May 16, 2019)

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17 May 2019

I.M. Pei dies at 102 years old

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

Pei’s influence could be felt all over the world, from the National Gallery of Art, East Building, in Washington, DC, to the iconic pyramidal 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.

Paris, France, September 12, 2018 : Louvre Pyramid – Photo by saiko3p in Depositphotos.com

He won the Pritzker Prize in 1983, and on December 11, 1992, President George H. W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 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 lesser-known but no less impressive Brutalist museums, 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 Pei’s relationships with modernists such as Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer and their work, and introduced revolutionary modern architecture for smaller cities.

East Building of the National Gallery of Art. Autore brunocoelhopt su Depositphotos.com

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

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