A tribute to I.M. Pei, a disarming and determined visionary

I.M. Pei, renowned architect who left his mark on Denver, dies at 102

I.M. Pei, renowned architect who left his mark on Denver, dies at 102

"Whether it's the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong or the Louvre in Paris, his landmark buildings are inspiring examples for architects around the world", she said.

The architecture adopts the traditional colors of white and grey as its main tone, while the traditional Chinese architectural elements, such as the application and combination of hills, plants and waters have been applied in a modern way. "It's not a single building", Stern said. He founded his own firm in 1955.

Pei "has made important contributions to the mutual understanding between the Chinese and American people and the exchange of eastern and western cultures for a long time", a spokesman for China's foreign ministry said Friday.

Pei, originally born in Guangzhou, China, in 1917, moved to the United States in 1935 to attend architecture school at the University of Pennsylvania. But I don't want to forget the beginning.

Ms Charu Kokate, principal at Safdie Architects, met him at the Edward MacDowell Medal ceremony in 1998 where Mr Pei was the first architect to receive the medal for outstanding contributions to the arts.

Pei was the 1983 recipient of the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize, with judges saying he had "given this century some of its most lovely interior spaces and exterior forms". The museum, designed by I.M. Pei, houses a collection of Islamic art from the 7th to the 19th century.

Pei sparked deep controversy with his modernist work on the Louvre pyramid, which was once seen by locals as sacrilege because it was at odds with the classic French Renaissance style of the palace.

Soon thereafter, officials asked Pei to design a modern high-rise hotel in central Beijing - an aspirational gesture for the then-impoverished nation.

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Pei said the Louvre was the most hard job of his career.

The slim, elegant John Hancock Tower in downtown Boston shed dozens of its 11-foot-tall plates of reflective glass during construction, spurring litigation that might well have destroyed the firm. He was also fêted with the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal and the Royal Institute of British Architects' Royal Gold Medal, among other accolades.

Although Pei reached icon status in his field, both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Museum of Islamic Art were challenges for him, since Pei reportedly didn't love the rock music, and was previously unfamiliar with Islamic art.

However, he continued to work on projects - including museums in Luxembourg, Qatar and his ancestral home of Suzhou.

"I believe that architecture is a pragmatic art". They had four children, two of whom became architects.

Pei dedicated energetic efforts to supporting the arts and education, serving on visiting committees at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Harvard and MIT as well as a range of United States government panels including the National Council on the Humanities and National Council on the Arts.

The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (above), which opened in 1986, was designed by Pei.

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