1983 Pritzker Laureate Ieoh Ming (I.M.) Pei (1917-2019) has passed away at age 102, leaving behind a prolific and meaningful body of work, ranging from cultural institutions, civic centers to commercial spaces and more, that span the globe.
His preeminent role in shaping modern architecture over the past six decades has resulted in iconic buildings including the National Gallery of Art’s East Building (Washington, D.C. 1978), the Louvre Pyramid (Paris, France 1989), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum (Cleveland, Ohio 1995), and the Museum of Islamic Art (Doha, Qatar 2008).
In 1983, the Jury stated, “[he] has given this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms. Yet the significance of his work goes far beyond that. His concern has always been the surroundings in which his buildings rise.”
Mr. Pei was born in Canton, China, and moved to the United States in 1935. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B. Arch 1940) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M. Arch 1946) and founded I.M. Pei & Associates in 1955. He is the recipient of the Premium Imperiale for Architecture (1989), Presidential Medal of Freedom (1992) and RIBA Royal Gold Medal (2010).
We thank him for his legacy of built works and dedication to humanity.
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