Woah, guess who designed the Louvre? Architect I. M. Pei

14 08 2008

im_peiIeoh Ming Pei (currently 91 years young), commonly known by his initials I. M. Pei, is a Chinese-born American architect, known as the last master of high modernist architecture. Pei is perhaps one of the most successful Asian architects of the 20th century, with his works built all over the world.

In 1983, Mr. Pei was chosen as winner of the Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. What did he do with the money?

He used the $100,000 award to establish a scholarship fund for Chinese students to study architecture in the United States (with the strict proviso that they return to China to practice their profession).

These are some of his buildings:

His mentor? Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

Pei received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940 and was a member of the National Defense Research Committee in Princeton, New Jersey.

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