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I. M. Pei


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Founding Partner 1955–1990


Born  April 26, 1917
Canton, China
Naturalized citizen of the United States


Doctor of Fine Arts Honorary Degree:
Harvard University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts, University of Rochester, Brown University, Dartmouth College

Doctor of Laws Honorary Degree:
Chinese University of Hong Kong, Pace University

Doctor of Humane Letters Honorary Degree:
Columbia University, University of Colorado, University of Hong Kong, American University of Paris

Laurea Honoris Causa Architecture:
University of Rome

Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship
Harvard Graduate School of Design  1951

Master of Architecture
Harvard Graduate School of Design  1946

Bachelor of Architecture
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  1940

Alpha Rho Chi Medal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  1940

Traveling Fellowship
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  1940

AIA Medal
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  1940

Professional Experience

I. M. Pei Architect 1990–

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners  1989–1990
I. M. Pei & Partners  1966–1989
I. M. Pei & Associates  1955–1966
Founding Partner

Webb & Knapp, Inc.,
Director of Architecture  1948–1955

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Assistant Professor  1945–1948

National Defense Research Committee


L'Académie d'Architecture de France
Member, elected 1997

Chinese Academy of Engineering
Foreign Member, elected June 1996

Royal Academy of Arts, London
Honorary Academician, elected 1993

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Board of Overseers, Honorary, elected 1986

New York City Partnership, Inc.
Board of Directors, elected 1986

National Council on the Arts

The Corporation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology  1972–1977, 1978–1983

Institut de France
Foreign Associate, elected 1983

American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters
elected to Academy 1975, elected to Institute  1963 (Chancellorship  1978–1980)

AIA Task Force on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol  1978–1980

Royal Institute of British Architects
Corporate Member, elected  1975

AIA National Urban Policy Task Force

Urban Design Council of the City of New York

American Society of Interior Designers
Honorary Fellow, elected  1970

National Council on the Humanities

American Academy of Arts and Sciences
elected 1967

National Academy of Design
Academician, elected 1965

American Institute of Architects
Fellow, elected  1964


Commandeur de La Légion d'Honneur (France)  2016

International Union of Architects (UIA)
Gold Medal  2014

Royal Institute of British Architects
Royal Gold Medal  2010

Erwin Wickert Foundation
Orient und Okzident Preis  2006

National Building Museum
Henry C. Turner Prize
for Innovation in Construction Technology  2003

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
National Design Award: Lifetime Achievement Award  2003

The American Philosophical Society
The Thomas Jefferson Medal for distinguished achievement in the arts, humanities, or social sciences  2001

Historic Landmarks Preservation Center, New York
Cultural Laureate  1999

The MacDowell Colony
Edward MacDowell Medal  1998

Brown University
Independent Award  1997

Municipal Art Society, New York City
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal
February 1996

Premio Internazionale Novecento La Rosa d'Oro  1996

New York State Governor's Arts Award  1994

National Endowment for the Arts
Medal of Arts/Ambassador for the Arts Award  1994

Architectural Society of China (Beijing)
Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Architecture  1994

The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design of Jerusalem
Jerusalem Prize for Arts and Letters  1994

Medal of Freedom  1993

Officier de La Légion d'Honneur (France)  1993

Colbert Foundation
First Award for Excellence  1991

Excellence 2000 Award  1991

University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA Gold Medal  1990

Praemium Imperiale for lifetime achievement in architecture (Japan)  1989

Chevalier de La Légion d'Honneur (France)  1988

National Medal of Art  1988

The Medal of Liberty  1986

l'Académie des Beaux-Arts
Associé Etranger, Institut de France  1984

The Pritzker Architecture Prize  1983

National Arts Club
Gold Medal of Honor  1981

City of New York
Mayor's Award of Honor for Art and Culture  1981

L'Académie d'Architecture
La Grande Médaille d'Or (France)  1981

Rhode Island School of Design
President's Fellow  1979

American Academy of Arts and Letters
Gold Medal for Architecture  1979

The American Institute of Architects
The Gold Medal  1979

American Society of Interior Designers
Elsie de Wolfe Award  1978

The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Medal for Architecture  1976

The City Club of New York
For New York Award  1973

International Institute of Boston
Golden Door Award  1970

New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Medal of Honor  1963

National Institute of Arts and Letters
Arnold Brunner Award  1961



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