IM Pei, Architect Of Some Of The World's Most Iconic Structures, Dies At 102

He said that when you ask visitors why they are at the Louvre, they generally give three answers: for the Mona Lisa, for the Venus de Milo and for the Pyramid.

Back in 1970, he defined his approach in an interview for a documentary on one of his buildings — the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

That is pretty much the definition of modernism in architecture — eliminate the inessential, leaving clean lines and spare geometric forms.

He came to the U.S. as a teenager in 1935, went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was influenced by the work of pioneering modernists Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright.

In 1990, the Bank of China Tower opened — and his modern, soaring design instantly became one of the most recognizable skyscrapers in Hong Kong.

From the Macao Science Center to the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, Pei continued building through 2009.

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