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Architect who designed Louvre's pyramid dead at 102

IANS  |  New York 

I.M. Pei, the acclaimed Chinese-American who designed the glass and metal at Museum in Paris, has died at the age of 102.

Revered as one of the last great modernist architects, Pei died on Thursday, reports

Although he worked mostly in the US, Pei will always be remembered for his redevelopment of Museum in the 1980s.

He gave us the glass and metal in the main courtyard, along with three smaller pyramids and a vast subterranean addition to the museum entrance.

Pei was the to work on in its long history, and initially his designs were fiercely opposed. But in the end, the French -- and everyone else -- were won over.

As a young man, Pei counted himself grateful to have learned from some of the great modernists: Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Alvar Aalto and

Winning the fifth Pritzker Prize in 1983, he was cited as giving the 20th century "some of its most beautiful interior spaces and exterior forms ... His versatility and skill in the use of materials approach the level of poetry".

Pei was born in in 1917 into an affluent family. His father was a His artistic mother -- a calligrapher and -- had the greater influence on him.

In 1964, he designed the & Museum which established him as a name.

His other noted works include the in Dallas, the Bank of Tower in Hong Kong and the in



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First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 09:32 IST