I.M. Pei, architect behind Paris’ Louvre Pyramid, buildings at Choate, dies at 102


The famed architect behind the the design of Paris‘ Louvre Pyramid died Wednesday night at the age of 102.

Pei designed more than 50 buildings around the world, in places like China, Japan, Qatar and the U.S. 

He served as the architect behind the east building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

His work earned several awards of excellency. 

Pei was married for more than 70 years. His wife, Eileen Loo, died in 2014. 

Pei is survived by his four children, three sons and a daughter. 

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Pei was born in China, but moved to the U.S. in 1935 and studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shortly thereafter, Pei transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating from MIT, he then studied design at Harvard. 

According to an article from The Choate News (https://bit.ly/2Hnc7Eb), Pei also designed the Science Center and the Paul Mellon Arts Center at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford.


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