Who was IM Pei?
- Ieoh Ming Pei was a Chinese-American architect.
- He was born in Guangzhou in 1917. He left his homeland in 1935, moving to the US and studying architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.
- After teaching and working for the US government, he went to work for a New York developer in 1948 and started his own firm in 1955.
- His first major recognition came with the Mesa Laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado in 1967. This led to his selection as chief architect for the John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts. He went on to design Dallas City Hall and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.
- He returned to China for the first time in 1975 to design a hotel at Fragrant Hills, and designed Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong, a skyscraper in Hong Kong for the Bank of China.
- He later returned to the world of the arts by designing the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the Miho Museum in Japan, MIHO Institute of Aesthetics, the Suzhou Museum in Suzhou, Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art, in Luxembourg.
- Pei won AIA Gold Medal in 1979, the first Praemium Imperiale for Architecture in 1989, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in 2003, Pritzker Prize (referred to as the Nobel Prize of architecture) in 1983.