I.M.; Louvre Pyramid designer; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
architect; Mile High Center architect; Kennedy Library architect;
National Gallery architect
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believe that architecture is a pragmatic art. To become art it
must be built on a foundation of necessity.
~ I.M. Pei
Ming Pei (b. April 26, 1917), commonly known as his initial I. M.
Pei, 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.
Pei has three sons: T'ing Chung Pei, Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, Li
Chung (Sandi) Pei, and a daughter: Liane Pei. Chien Chung and Li
Chung both have followed their father 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.
I.M. Pei has helped out at the firm since his retirement from his
own firm in 1990.
decided that a pyramid was "most compatible" with the
other structures at the Louvre, complementing their roofs'
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