Ieoh Ming Pei

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Name: Ieoh Ming Pei 

Country: China          

Date of birth: 26.04.1917

Education: Graduate from Harvard school of Architecture 

Type of business: A very famous and well- known architect of the 20th century.

Main Achievements: Mr Pei was one of the most well-known architects of the previous century. Being Chinese by birth, Mr Pei outgrew the stigma and stereotypical thoughts associated with the Chinese people in that time and achieved wonders in a white-dominated field. Being a Harvard graduate, there was never any doubt about his mental prowess and capability as a person, but he outdid himself time and again by being one of the very best and most renowned architects of his time. He holds the crowning achievement of being the master artist behind the beautiful and extraordinary Louvre glass museum in France. The glass pyramid is still considered a wonder of modern architecture as of now. 

Something interesting about the person: He came to the America in the 1930s and enrolled himself into one of the most well-known educational universities in America, such as the MIT and University of Pennsylvania. He was a man of true talent, and his intelligence was not requiring a degree to speak for itself. Mr Pei could not move back to China due to the outbreak of World War Two and rather stayed in America and worked as an independent contractor and architect. He began to work with various defence contractors and private firms, and the word of his architectural skill soon caught wind, and he was then, revered as a very prominent and professional architect. He has had the pleasure of working in Boston, on the Rock and Roll hall of fame in Cleveland, Ohio, and many other pieces of architecture as well. His work has been scattered throughout the world and speaks for itself as the work of a truly gifted artist. He was inspired in his childhood, by the hanging gardens he saw back in his home country. Very soon, Mr Pei, as an encouragement for his efforts was awarded American citizenship.


Mr Pei came to America in 1935 and soon made himself a name for being a hardworking, honest, and talented architect. The major works that gained him recognition include Mesa Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado. Moreover, he was then appointed as the head of the architect in the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts. He was also given much recognition for his works in the form of various awards and honours by authorities all over the world. He returned to China in 1975 to help the Chinese government construct a major skyscraper for the Chinese bank. His most famous and well-known piece of architecture is the Louvre museum in France.

He was held in high regard by people all over the world. He was also a very skilled writer who wrote some books on the topic of architecture as well. His book, I. M. Pei, a mandarin of modernism, has been a work of art in its entirety. It’s considered a canon book for revolutionary architectural studies. Moreover, his long list of awards includes the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, AIA Gold Medal in 1979, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in 2003. In 1983, he won the Pritzker Prize, which is the biggest honour bestowed on him, as it is often referred to as the noble prize in architecture.  

He was widely known for his extremely unique way of using elaborate and well-crafted geometric figures in his work. He combined various types of geometric figures to create unusual visuals in his buildings. The approach was considered bold and impressive in his time. His architecture carried a very distinct signature of his creativity that was well sought after his time. He was a pioneer of unique and creative architecture in many ways, and his work still holds canon importance in many architectural circles of the world.