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Leoh Ming Pei (born April 26, 1917), was a Chinese-American Architect and also was the longest lived member of the modernist generation architecture. He won Pritzker Prize in 1983 for giving this century most beautiful interior spaces and exteriors. One of the best designs by I.M Pei is The Louvre in Paris, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.


Pei was born in Suzhou, china. He spent his childhood in Hong Kong and Shanghai and then moved to united stated for his architectural studies. Though he was insipid by Beaux-arts traditions at both the universities, a professor asked him to continue. Completing his bachelor degree in 1940, he worked with Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.

In 1955 he started his own practice as I. M Pei & Associates. The best work done by the firm is the crystalline extension to the Louvre in Paris; other significant works include the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and the JFK Presidential Library in Boston. Then he took a retirement from his work in 1990.