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I. M. Pei

Place Ville-Marie by I.M.Pei, in Montreal, Canada
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Place Ville-Marie by I.M.Pei, in Montreal, Canada
Pyramid by I.M.Pei. The structure is an entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France
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Pyramid by I.M.Pei. The structure is an entrance to the Louvre in Paris, France

Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘 pinyin Bi Ymng) is a Chinese American architect born in Suzhou, China on April 26, 1917.

After receiving his education at St. Paul's College, Hong Kong, he moved to the United States to study architecture. In 1940, he was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, the MIT Travelling Fellowship and the AIA Gold Medal when he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1942, he enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A few months later, he serviced on the National Defence Research Committee in Princeton. In 1944, he returned to Harvard; in 1946, he received his master degree in Architecture and stayed as an assistant professor. In 1951, he received the Wheelwright Travelling Fellowship. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1954.

Pei, the last "master" of high modernist architecture, has been described as an architect who focuses on abstract form. He prefers materials such as stone, concrete, glass, and steel.

While Pei is one of the most successful 20th century architects in the world, with numerous landmark buildings and extensions to his name, his work has had little influence on architectural theory .

Reference

  • Gero von Boehm , Conversations with I.M. Pei: "Light is the Key"

External link

Interview to I.M. Pei (june 2004) Biography of Sculpture Wing

Last updated: 08-18-2005 03:28:16