The renowned Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, winner of the prestigious prize Pritzker and designer of the pyramid of crystal of the Louvre Museum, among other structures, died at 102 years of age, reported Thursday New York Times.
The newspaper notes that Pei, who began his long career working for a New York real estate company, died on Wednesday night, according to one of the architect's sons, Li Chung Pei, in a telephone call.
Pei, known especially for the entrance pyramid of the Louvre Museum in Paris and for the East Building of the National Art Gallery of Washington, was hired by William Zeckendorf, a major construction entrepreneur in New York, in 1948, shortly after to graduate from Harvard University.
Pei was initially dedicated to overseeing the projects of Zeckendorf's company, Webb Knapp, which built important skyscrapers in the Big Apple, a platform that he used to form in 1955 his own company, I. M. Pei Associates.
Although this company was initially engaged in Zeckendorf projects, in 1960 Pei, known for his discreet but competitive character, had started to win important competitions to build, for example, the National Center for Atmospheric Research of Colorado (1967), as well as the Everson Art Museum of Syracuse (in the State of New York) and the Des Moines Art Center (Iowa), both in 1968.
These were the first museums of a long series, among which he highlighted, in addition to his designs for the Washington Museum and the Louvre, the Rock and Roll Museum of Fame in Ohio (1995), also a large structure made of glass .
One of his last surprising museums was the Islamic Art of Doha (Qatar), which he designed in 2008, a project he took as an opportunity to learn from a culture he did not know and whose study led him to travel around the world visiting architectural examples Islamic
In addition to museums, the architect designed concert halls, academic structures, hospitals, office towers, and public buildings such as the Dallas City Hall (1977), the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston (1979), and the Guggenheim Hospital Pavilion. Moint Sinai of New York (1992).