May 16, 2019, was a sad day in the architecture world. Revered, modernist architect, I. M. Pei, passed away at the age of 102.
Born in China, Ieoh Ming Pei moved to the United States and earned his B.A. from MIT and his M.A. from Harvard. By 1955 he started his own architectural firm, and one of his first major projects was the Mile High Center in Denver, Colorado. Almost 30 years later, Pei was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his contributions to his field. He took the prize money and created a scholarship for Chinese students looking to study architecture in the United States.
The firm’s most well-known work is arguably the crystalline extension to the Louvre in Paris, but it’s hard to say for certain. Other influential works include the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.