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Male, China/US, born 04/26/1917

Associated with the firms network

Pei Cobb Freed and Partners; Pei, I.M., and Partners, Architects; Pei Partnership Architects

Professional History

Director of Architecture, Webb and Knapp, Developers, New York, NY, 1948-1955; Founding Partner, I.M. Pei and Partners, New York, NY, 1955-1989; Partner, Pei Cobb Freed and Partners, New York, NY, 1989-present;

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1945-1948;

Fellow, American Institute of Architects;


Saint John's Middle School, Shanghai, China; B.Arch., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, 1940; M.Arch., Graduate School of Design Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1946;


Born in Canton, China, came to the U.S. in 1935, at the time of Japanese expansion into China. He was naturalized as an American citizen in 1948.

Married Eileen Loo, 1942;

Four children: Ting, Chien, Li and Liane;

Pei's firm has not done a lot of work on the West Coast, but most that have been done, mostly in Los Angeles, have been major, large-scale commissions.

PCAD id: 137

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