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Renowned architect IM Pei '40 dies at 102

Renowned architect IM Pei '40 dies at 102

Tributes from local architects and industry insiders poured in for the late I.M. Pei, the world-renowned China-born American architect who died on Thursday.

Among his best-known projects are the glass pyramid entrance pavilion he designed for the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington. "In emotional energy, this has to be the most hard and the most tortuous thing I've ever done, because I have to deal with a system I don't understand", he told the Times. The build, by I.M. Pei & Partners, is a low-rise building set around courtyards and created to preserve the natural rocks and trees on the site.

The architectural projects that Pei undertook around the world showed reverence for light and often included glass pyramids.

Upon winning the Pritzker Prize in 1983, Pei was praised for having "given this century some of its most handsome interior spaces and exterior forms". He completed a master's degree at Harvard's Graduate School of Design in 1946. They had four children, two of whom became architects and formed Pei Partnership Architects in 1992.

The legacy of American architect I.M. Pei stretches from west to east, from the Louvre museum to his native China, where he helped fuse tradition and modernity as the country opened up after the Cultural Revolution.

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Among the numerous honours he received included the American Institute of Architects' Gold Medal in 1979; the Grande Medaille d'Or from the Academie d'Architecture de France in 1982 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honour in the USA, from President George H.W. Bush in 1992. Peis work, however, includes a much more spectacular buildings, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in OH, or the German Historical Museum in Berlin.

"The design of this building is in itself a very Chinese way of thinking about architecture, and a very innovative way of trying to put Chinese architecture within the dialogue of western architectural theory and practice", said Andy Xiong, an architecture student.

"I would say the first year and a half was really hell", the architect said in a PBS documentary.

USA president George Bush awarded Mr Pei the Medal of Freedom that same year, when he was also elected an Honorary Academician of the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

In addition to his museum oeuvre and contributions to the government and commercial landscape, Mr Pei also worked on moderate and low-income housing. "His versatility and skill in the use of materials approach the level of poetry", the committee wrote.


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