I M Pei was a renowned architect who made a name for himself designing unrivaled building designs with the use of precise geometry and clean lines. Pei was born in Guangzhou in 1917 and at the age of 18, moved to the US to study at Pennsylvania, MIT, and Harvard. His designs are scattered all across the globe with every single one of them eye-catching and breath-taking. The Chinese-born architect was the creative genius behind the Louvre Pyramid in Paris. He embraced modernity with a touch of tradition hidden in the slightest. The committee who bestowed the Pritzker Prize upon him in 1983 compared his craftsmanship to poetry. He devoted his life to arts and architecture and even started a fund dedicated for Chinese students to study architecture in the US. Other iconic buildings designed by Pei are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Qatar's Islamic Museum of Art, Suzhou Museum in China, Boston's John F Kennedy Library and Museum, and Bank of China tower (L) in Hong Kong.
Tributes pour in as family, friends, and followers remember his life’s work and through his buildings, his legacy lives on.Share the story