Ieoh Ming Pei
Chinese-American architect Ieoh Ming Pei died on May 16, 2019 at the age of 102.
Born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Pei drew inspiration at an early age from the garden villas at Suzhou, the traditional retreat of the scholar-gentry to which his family belonged.
He designed spectacular buildings with classical modernism such as the glass pyramid in the Louvre courtyard in Paris or the extension of the German Historical Museum in Berlin. His creations are characterised by simple geometric shapes and a subtle play with light.
In 1983, the Pritzker Prize jury said: "Ieoh Ming Pei has given this century some of its finest inner and outer forms."
(April 26, 1917 - May 16, 2019)