On This Day

I. M. Pei

Architect I. M. Pei

Full Name: Ieoh Ming Pei
Profession: Architect

Nationality:
United States of America
American
China
Chinese

Why Famous: Modernist architect best known for his design of the glass-and-steel pyramid for the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Commission by Francois Mitterand and controversial when built, this structure has now become one of the symbols of Paris and the Louvre.

Pei won "every award of any consequence in his art", including the Brunner Prize in 1961 and the Pritzker Prize in 1983. The Pritzker jury commended Pei for giving "this century some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms."

Born: April 26, 1917
Birthplace: Kwangchou, Canton, China

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: May 16, 2019 (aged 102)

Articles and Photos

Events in the Life of I. M. Pei

  • 1983-05-16 Chinese American architect I. M. Pei is awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in New York
  • 1989-03-04 The Louvre Pyramid designed by I. M. Pei is inaugurated by French President Francois Mitterrand
  • 1989-03-29 I. M. Pei's pyramidal entrance to the Louvre opens in Paris
  • 1990-05-17 The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong designed by I. M. Pei opens as the first supertall skyscraper outside the US

External Biographies


Famous Architects