Full Name: Ieoh Ming Pei
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."
- 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
- I. M. Pei Dies at the Age of 102 - Arch Daily