Ieoh Ming Pei, also known as I. M. Pei, passed away at the age of 102, according to media reports. The Chinese-American architect is known for iconic work, such as the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and the glass pyramid at the entrance to the Louvre in Paris, among many others. His death was confirmed by his son Li Chung Pei, who is also an architect, according to the New York Times.
Pei was born in China and moved to the United States in the 1930s. After receiving his graduate degree in architecture from Harvard, he was hired by William Zeckendorf in 1948 to lead the design of buildings of Webb & Knapp. In 1955, he started his own firm, I. M. Pei & Associates, with Henry Cobb and Eason Leonard from Webb & Knapp. That firm became independent of Webb & Knapp in 1960. I. M. Pei & Associates eventually would become I. M. Pei & Partners and later Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
In 1979, Pei was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. He received the Pritzker Prize in 1983. In 1990, Pei retired from full-time architecture.
Photo: Courtesy of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners