Pei, the revered Chinese-American architect. By Carrie Hojnick i. December 19, 2016. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102. Other notable Pei projects include the John F. Kennedy Library in Dorchester, Mass., the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo., the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Dallas City Hall. He was married to Eileen Loo from 1942 until her death in 2014. In the spring of 1948, Pei was recruited by New York real estate magnate William Zeckendorf to join a staff of architects for his firm of Webb and Knappto design buildings around the country. Pei — Words for the Future. Go to search Parisians are not generally known for their warm or welcoming demeanor and their enthusiasm (rather, lack thereof) to I.M. architecture I.M. I.M. I.M. Pei was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1983. It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. I. M. Pei was a diligent, dependable architect and a true master of his craft. His infectious smile will remain cherished in our memories. For four months, Pei did not tell his team in New York that François Mitterrand, the French president, had personally asked him to overhaul one of the world’s most celebrated art museums. All those who have purchased a ticket for this period will automatically receive a refund—no action is required. Pei won the international Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. Pei returned again to the glass pyramid concept at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, opened in 1995. His Canadian designs include the CIBC Commerce Court West building in Toronto and Montreal's Place Ville Marie. The same year the Louvre Pyramid opened, Pei included large glass pyramids on the roofs of the IBM Somers Office Complex he designed in Westchester County, New York. No challenge seemed to be too great for Pei, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which sits on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Pei, whose modern designs and high-profile projects made him one of the best-known and most prolific architects of the 20th century, has died. "At one level my goal is simply to give people pleasure in being in a space and walking around it," he said. His death was confirmed Thursday by a spokesperson at his New York architecture firm. A visionary architect who enjoyed an exceptionally rich and long career, Pei followed in the footsteps of acclaimed architects who have shaped the palace since the 12th century, leaving an indelible mark on the museum with his work that boldly took the Louvre into the modern era. In memory of the modern architect's more than half-century career, we've republished a+u's August 2008 Special Issue, I.M. FILE - In this March 29, 1989, file photo, Chinese-American architect I.M. But he also was interested in architecture as art — and the effect he could create. They were composed of stone, steel and glass and, as with the Louvre, he often worked glass pyramids into his projects. Pei, died on May 16, 2019, at age 102. Pei in 1989 outside the glass pyramid he designed at the Louvre in Paris, one of his most famous commissions. In 2017, a party was held at the legendary Rainbow Room on the 65th story of New York’s Rockefeller Center honoring the 100th birthday of I.M. This article is more than 1 year old. IM Pei: celebrated architect behind Louvre pyramid dead at 102. Pei, a dominant figure in American architecture for more than three decades who designed the Louvre’s crystal pyramid and the angular East Building of … A French newspaper described Pei's pyramids as "an annex to Disneyland" while an environmental group said they belonged in a desert. I.M. Pei’s renovation redesigned Cour Napoleon, the main court of the Louvre, in order to alleviate the congestion from the thousands of daily visitors. Pei was born in the Chinese city of Suzhou in 1917. It heralded the beginning of the Grand Louvre with the annexation of the Richelieu wing, which up until them had been used by the offices of the Finance Ministry. Here, he's seen in 1985 with an architectural model of the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. I. M. Pei was a diligent, dependable architect and a true master of his craft. The museums, municipal buildings, hotels, schools and other structures that Pei built around the world showed precision geometry and an abstract quality with a reverence for light. 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