Architect I.M. Pei Dies

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Architect I.M. Pei, who designed the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, has died, his family announced Thursday.

He was 102. Born in China, he came to America in 1935.

After graduating from Harvard, Pei started designing high-rises with William Zeckendorf’s New York City firm Webb & Knapp.

Related imageHe launched his own firm, I.M. Pei & Associates, in 1955, and had a storied international career, designing such buildings as the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Pei’s modernist structures were known for clean lines and simple geometry. Some, including the Louvre pyramid, shocked people before being praised as masterpieces.

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