Special post to mark Cesar Pelli’s 88th birthday. An amazing architect specialized in skyscrapers.


Cesar Pelli, one of the famous living architects in the world, turned 88 yesterday. His current age is coincidentally similar to the number of floors of the tallest completed building he had ever designed. Try to guess what building is that….okay, it is the 88 floors’ Petronas Twin Towers, which when built, was the world’s tallest buildings. Now, the twin towers remain as the tallest twin buildings in the world at a height of 452 metres. This blog post is specially dedicated as a tribute to this wonderful architect.

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Cesar Pelli is an Argentine American architect known for designing skyscrapers and also urban landmarks across the world. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) listed Pelli as among the ten most influential living American architects. His contribution to the architecture across the world led to him being presented with multiple awards and honors such as the 1995 AIA Gold Medal, AgaKhan award, honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Yale University, The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2008, etc.

Some of his famous works are World Financial Center at New York City (first image below), One Canada Square at London, Key Tower at Ohio, Bank of America Corporate Center at Charlotte (second image below), Petronas Twin Towers at Kuala Lumpur (third image below), Ratner Athletics Center at Chicago (fourth image below), Two International Finance Centre at Hong Kong (fifth image below), Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts at Miami (sixth image below), One Park West at Liverpool (seventh image below), Torre de Cristal at Madrid, Connecticut Science Center at Connecticut, IFC at Shanghai, and The Landmark at Abu Dhabi.

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His most outstanding work is none other than the Petronas Twin Towers, the buildings I got to see everyday as I’m living in KL. I also like the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts he designed (mentioned above). He is one great man in architecture especially when it comes to designing highrise buildings, a field of which I’m very interested on. He can be regarded as the Father of Modern Skyscrapers alongside with another superb architect in this field, Adrian Smith (who designed Burj Khalifa, Jin Mao Tower, etc). Happy Birthday to Cesar Pelli! Despite reaching 88 years old, he still remains quite actively as one of the Senior Principal Architects in the firm he founded; Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. His contribution to the world’s architecture is immense and priceless and he is no doubt one of the living architects I admired the most.

(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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