World Renowned Architect I M Pei Dies at 102
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World Renowned Architect I M Pei Dies at 102 

I M Pei, one of the prominent architects of the 20th century, died at the age of 102. Born in 1917, the Chinese-American architect was also known as the Master of Modern Architecture.

Some of his historical works included the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, Dallas City Hall, Japan’s Miho Museum and the Suzhou Museum in Suzhou.

In 1980, Pei designed a glass-and-steel pyramid for Paris’ Musée du Louvre, which indulged him in wide controversies, becoming a subject of international attention. The critics called off his plan saying the variations in designs of the pyramid were a sheer violation of museum’s classical integrity. Amidst all the hurdles, the pyramid’s design was a success and has now been attracting twice the number of people.

Throughout his life, various firms recruited I M Pei for designing their apartments, buildings, hotels, and many other structures. He first started with designing buildings in New York with a staff of architects and as time passed, he grouped up with his old colleagues, establishing a new firm called I. M. Pei & Associates. The aim of his new firm was to inculcate new ideas with varieties in architectural models, contributing to the development.  

Pei also built a laboratory for National Centre for Atmospheric Research, which attracted more attention to his designs, impressing recruiters. He even joined the Defence Research Committee during World War II, working on incendiary bombs.

I M Pei’s designs had most of all been a combination of traditional structures and cubist themes with great designs in triangular, circular or square shapes. He believed that a modernist approach while designing the buildings would prove helpful in knowing how his designs affected the community. People’s reaction towards his works and modifying it according to their wishes was another one of his priorities.

Pei’s great works have added up to the development of various areas around North America, Asia, and Europe, winning him numerous awards. He was honoured with Arnold Brunner Award in 1963, AIA Gold Medal along with another Gold Medal for architecture in 1979, Lifetime Achievement Award, Medal of Liberty etc. Due to his diverse skills and magnificent designs, he was also awarded the Nobel Prize for architecture in 1983.

Pei even used his award prize in the interest of Chinese students, creating scholarship for them to study architecture in the US. The only condition for them was to go back to China once their studies were completed, so that China could also have some new developments in its compact infrastructure.

Leaving behind all the achievements, the great architecture took his last breath in the New York city of Manhattan yesterday.

Even though I M Pei is dead, people would always remember and appreciate him for his works as he devoted his entire life in the beautification of structures and piece of arts, contributing to the development of countries.

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