Ieoh Ming Pei, the architect responsible for the glass pyramid outside the Louvre has died at age 102. I.M. Pei was born in Guangzhou, China in 1917 and moved to the U.S at the age of 18 to study at Pennsylvania, MIT, and Harvard. His designs are distinct because of insistence on natural lighting, precision geometry, and plain surfaces.

His style has been described as contemporary with cubist concepts. His preferred materials were glass, steel, and concrete. The iconic pyramid at the Louvre museum is his most famous piece and is one of Paris’ most prominent landmarks.

He is one of the iconic architects of the 20th century designing iconic buildings all over the world. Some of his well-known designs are:

The Pyramid at the Louvre Museum

Boston’s J.F Kennedy Library and Museum

Dallas City Hall which he co-designed with fellow architect Theodore J. Musho

Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong

Qatar Islamic Museum of Art

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