The Chinese-born American architect Ieoh Ming Pei, one of the most important of the 20th century and owed the Louvre pyramid, has died at the age of 102, according to his son, also the architect Li Chung Pei, confirms. newspaper 'The New York Times'.
Considered one of the most recognized architects of the 20th century, I.M. Pei has designed buildings and skyscrapers around the world, highlighting the Bank of China in Hong Kong and the Louvre pyramid in Paris.
Winner of the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious award in architecture, he is also in charge of works such as the Kyoto Miho Museum or the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Son of a prominent banker, he was born in Guangzhou (China) in 1917 but later became a US citizen. At age 18 he moved to New York to study architecture, which he studied at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Harvard University.
In 1955 he established his first architects' studio in New York. Although it has works throughout the world, many of its best buildings are in the United States, including the Four Seasons Hotel in New York or the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.
In the 80s he enjoyed an intense and successful activity characterized by a risky succession of singular architectures of high costs.
Among his other works, he also designed the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Macau Science Center in China.
Throughout his career he has been recognized with awards such as the IAA Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects, the Royal Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects or the Presidential Medal of Liberty, considered the highest civil concession in the U.S.
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