I.M.Pei, a renowned Chinese-American architect has just turned 100 years old few days ago. A lot of major architecture websites do share news of his centenary birthday and a glimpse of his architectural projects under his career that spanned over six decades. He defied the typical saying that ‘architect do dies early due to the stress, heavy workload and constantly being all-nighter’.
Born on 26th April 1917 in Guangzhou, China, I.M.Pei moved to USA and studied architecture in University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He was inspired by works by Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer during his years in architectural education. He was particular fascinated by modern architecture and International Style.
I.M.Pei’s design style is described as modernist with significant cubist themes. He is known for combining traditional architectural elements with progressive designs based on simple geometric patterns. He has designed over 70 projects across the world and has received multiple awards and honors such as the Pritzker Prize (known as Nobel Prize of architecture) in 1983, AIA Gold Medal in 1979, Royal Gold Medal in 2010, Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992, etc.
Here below are 10 of his most iconic works:
131 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, USA (1949) – I.M.Pei’s first project.
Luce Memorial Chapel, Taichung, Taiwan (1963)
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, USA (1973)
OCBC Centre, Singapore (1976)
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Boston, USA (1979)
Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, China (1989)
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas, USA (1989)
Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France (1993)
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, USA (1995)
Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar (2008)
Looking just at 10 of his works above, you will obviously notice that he applied strong geometrical shapes into his design. It has become his signature approach in architecture. He designed a variety of projects ranging from community centers to highrise towers. He is no doubt one of the greatest living architects of our generation.
(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)