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I. M. Pei

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Bank of China Tower by I.M.Pei and L.C. Pei, in Hong Kong, China

Ieoh Ming Pei (b April 26, 1917) is a Pritzker Prize winning architect, known as the last master of high modernist architecture. He works with the abstract form, using stone, concrete, glass, and steel. Pei is one of the most successful architects of the 20th century, but his work has had little influence on architectural theory.

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Background/Education

Ieoh Ming Pei (Template:Zh-cp) was born in Guangzhou, China on April 26, 1917 to a prominent banker.

He was prepared at St. Paul's College, Hong Kong before moving to the United States to study architecture at the age of 17. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940. That same year, he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, the MIT Travelling Fellowship, and the AIA Gold Medal. He enrolled at the the Harvard Graduate School of Design two years later; shortly thereafter, he served at the National Defense Research Committee in Princeton.

By 1944, he had returned to Harvard. He received his master degree in Architecture in 1946 and stayed at Harvard as an assistant professor. He received the Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship in 1951. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1954.

Family / Personal

I.M. Pei has two sons: Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, and Li Chung (Sandi) Pei. Both followed their father's footsteps and went to the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Chien Chung Pei helped his father design the Louvre addition from 1989 to 1993. Li Chung Pei helped his father design the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong in 1989. Both became architects practicing under their own firm, Pei Partnerships (http://www.ppa-ny.com/). I.M. Pei has helped out at the firm since his retirement in 1990.

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JFK Presidential Library by I.M.Pei, in Boston, MA
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Pyramid by I.M.Pei. The structure is an entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France

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