Architect I.M. Pei, who designed Place Ville-Marie, dies at 102
I.M. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre museum in Paris with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, has died at age 102.
His death was confirmed Thursday by a spokesman at his New York architecture firm.
Pei's works ranged from the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the chiseled towers of the National Center of Atmospheric Research that blend in with the reddish mountains in Boulder, Colorado.
He's also responsible for Montreal's cross-shaped Place Ville-Marie, completed in 1962, and Toronto's Commerce Court West, completed in 1972. His firm is also responsible for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces.
Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston.
Ieoh Ming Pei was born April 26, 1917, in Canton, China, the son of a banker. He moved to the U.S. in 1935 and taught at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. before starting his own firm in 1955.
He retired from full-time practice in 1990, but continued to work as a consultant.