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Encyclopedia > I.M. Pei

Ieoh Ming Pei (貝聿銘 pinyin Bi Ymng) is a Chinese American architect born in Suzhou, China on April 26, 1917. After receiving his education at St. Paul's College, Hong Kong, he studied architecture at MIT and Harvard.

I. M. Pei's Place Ville-Marie in Montreal
pyramid in the Louvre by I.M. Pei

Pei, the last "master" of high modernist architecture, has been described as an architect who focuses on abstract form. He prefers materials such as stone, concrete, glass, and steel.

While Pei is one of the most successful 20th century architects in the world, with numerous landmark buildings and extensions to his name, his work has had little influence on architectural theory.


  • Gero von Boehm, Conversations with I.M. Pei: "Light is the Key"

External link

Interview to I.M. Pei (june 2004) (http://archrecord.construction.com/people/interviews/archives/0406IMPei-1.asp) Biography of Sculpture Wing (http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/pei.html)



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