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People around the globe are paying their last respects for Ieoh Ming Pei (I.M. Pei), the renowned architect who not only designed Louvre pyramid but also numerous other iconic structures in the 20th and 21st century.

The architectural legend was born in Guangzhou, China in 1917, and moved to the States at the age of 18 to study at prestigious colleges Pennsylvania, MIT and Harvard, according to the BBC. During WWII, he was known for working as a research scientist for the US government.

Later on, he would move on to found his own architectural firm in 1955, and from then design a variety of buildings such as hotels, schools and museums in multiple continents.

Pei’s most well-known design of the Louvre pyramid was completed in 1989, and has since been recognized as one of the most important cultural landmarks in the world.

His other notable works include the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, The Gateway in Singapore, and the Miho Museum in Japan.

Pei also won several accolades for his designs, including the AIA Gold Medal, the Praemium Imperiale for Architecture, and the Pritzker Prize. He donated all of his US$100,000 prize money to finance Chinese students to study architecture in America.

Pei’s architectural designs are rooted in modernism with cubist themes, and often involve the use of glass and steel with concrete. His talent, generosity and invaluable contributions to world architecture will be dearly missed.

Tributes to the 102-year-old architectural big name have poured in, thanking him for literally making the world a more beautiful place.

[via BBC, cover image via Kobkob / Shutterstock.com]

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