I.M. Pei, modernist architect who revived the Louvre, dies at 102

Not only did I.M. Pei (standing)design the Louvre glass pyramid, he has designed many world reknown pieces and building all over the world

Chinese American architect I.M. Pei stands at the Louvre glass pyramid, which he designed, before its inauguration in 1989. (Pierre Gleizes/AP)


I.M. Pei, the versatile, globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multishaped Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, has died at age 102.

Pei’s death was confirmed Thursday by Marc Diamond, a spokesman for Pei’s New York architectural firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Pei’s works ranged from the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the chiseled towers of the National Center of Atmospheric Research that blend in with the reddish mountains in Boulder, Colorado.

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