I.M.Pei is a world renowned architect and considered to be a leader in his profession. He moved to the United States to study architecture and received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940. In 1942, he enrolled in the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he studied under Walter Gropius and, six months later, he volunteered his services to the National Defense Research Committee in Princeton. Mr. Pei returned to Harvard in 1944 and completed his Master of Architecture degree in 1946, simultaneously teaching on the faculty as an assistant professor. In 1955, he formed the partnership of I.M.Pei & Associates, which became I.M.Pei & Partners in 1966 and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1989.
Mr. Pei has received numerous awards and the products of his design are landmarks all over the world. Among Mr. Pei’s many professional honors are the Arnold Brunner Award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (1963); the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (1963) and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal “for distinguished contribution to the field of architecture” (1976). In 1979, he received a Gold Medal for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects, the highest architectural honor given in the United States. Two years later, in 1981, he received the New York City Mayor’s Award of Honor for Art and Culture, a Gold Medal from Alpha Rho Chi (the national professional fraternity of architects), a Gold Medal of Honor from the National Arts Club, and the Grande Medaille d’Or from the French Academie d’Architecture. In 1986, he was one of twelve naturalized American citizens to receive the Medal of Liberty from President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Pei has designed over fifty projects in the US and abroad, many of which have won awards. His commitment to optimizing the use and creation of public space predominates his work.
He is now semi-retired and mainly directs his efforts to the supervision of his two sons, Mr. Chien Chung Pei and Mr. Li Chung Pei, to continue his architectural work. In 1992, Pei Partnership Architects, a full service architectural firm was established.
Pei Partnership Architects
Established in 1992, Pei Partnership Architects is a full-service, international practice whose broad areas of expertise focus on a single goal: design excellence. Founding Partners Chien Chung Pei and Li Chung Pei, sons of I.M. Pei and for many years key members of his firm, adhere to the design commitment, innovation and distinction they gained at I.M. Pei & Partners and Pei Partnership Architects. This accumulated growth and knowledge defines the work of Pei Partnership Architects: respect for past achievements and responsiveness to present needs in the pursuit of enduring architecture.
The Partners are supported by senior design and management principals and a corps of talented designers who extend the capabilities of the firm into projects of different programmes and scales. Pei Partnership Architects has been engaged to design high-rise towers, healthcare facilities, institutional buildings, museums and concert halls as well as large-scale urban master plans and waterfront parks. Among the firm's projects currently in construction are the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Headquarters in Beijing, a luxury condominium apartment in New York City called The Centurion, a mixed-use development in Dubai, and the Theater of Dreams in Macao. Recently completed projects include the Macao Science Center, the new Chancery Building of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, the Guanajuato State Library in Leon, Mexico, and the Suzhou Museum in Suzhou, China.