Late-breaking news this Thursday evening: I.M. Pei, the Pritzker Prize-winning Chinese-American architect, has died at the age of 102. Marc Diamond, director of communications at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, has confirmed his passing.
Pei, when he won architecture’s most prestigious award in 1983, was praised by the Pritzker Prize committee for work that “can be characterized by its faith in modernism, humanized by its subtlety, lyricism, and beauty.” That is certainly true of his works in New York City, which vary greatly—from an innovative Brooklyn street to a Brutalist superblock in Greenwich Village to a gone-forever airline terminal—while all highlighting Pei’s quest to create elegant, light-filled spaces.
To commemorate his prestigious career, take a look at the work he’s done across New York City. While his firm, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, has completed dozens of projects, Pei himself was the principal designer on just a handful, which we’ve gathered here.
This piece was originally published in 2014, and has been updated.Read More