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Chinese American architect
Common clues:
Architect I.M.; Louvre Pyramid designer; Rock & Roll Hall of Fame architect; Mile High Center architect; Kennedy Library architect; National Gallery architect
Related crosswordese: IMPEI
Crossword puzzle frequency: 3 times a year
Frequency in English language: 63573 / 86800
Designing the Louvre

I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art. To become art it must be built on a foundation of necessity. ~ I.M. Pei

Ieoh 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.

I.M. 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.

Pei decided that a pyramid was "most compatible" with the other structures at the Louvre, complementing their roofs' faceted planes.

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