World-renowned architect I. M. Pei dies, aged 102

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 17 May, 2019
By: Paula Chao

The Luce Chapel designed by I.M. Pei (CNA photo)

World-renowned architect I. M. Pei has died at the age of 102. The Chinese-born architect passed away in New York on Thursday.

Born in China’s southern Guangdong province in 1917, Pei went to the United States at the age of 18. He studied architecture at MIT and Harvard.

Pei is best known for his Louvre pyramid, a glass structure which has become a major landmark in Paris since its opening in 1993. Pei’s other notable works include the National Gallery of Art’s East Building in Washington, DC, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, and the John F. Kennedy library in Boston.

In Taiwan, Pei’s greatest legacy is the Luce Chapel, designed for central Taiwan’s Tunghai University in 1963. The chapel is constructed without the use of beams or pillars and is known for its resemblance to two hands pressed together.    [FULL  STORY]

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