I.M. Pei, architect behind Paris’ Louvre Pyramid, dies at 102


NEW YORK – APRIL 21: Architect I.M. Pei Speaks after being honored with an Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards at the Ellis Island Museum, April 21, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

(KRON) — The famed architect behind the the design of Paris’ Louvre Pyramid died Wednesday night at the age of 102.

Pei designed more than 50 buildings around the world, in places like China, Japan, Qatar and the U.S. 

He served as the architect behind the east building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

His work earned several awards of excellency. 

Pei was married for more than 70 years. His wife, Eileen Loo, died in 2014. 

Pei is survived by his four children, three sons and a daughter. 

Pei was born in China, but move to the U.S. in 1935 and studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania.

Shortly thereafter, Pei transferred to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After graduating from MIT, he then studied design at Harvard. 

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