Chinese-born Pei gets Royal Gold Medal

The 92-year-old Chinese-born American architect, I M Pei, will today receive one of the world's most prestigious prizes for architecture, the Royal Gold Medal, at a ceremony at the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) in London.

He will be presented with the medal by Riba President Ruth Reed.

Pei is best known for buildings including the pyramids at the Louvre in Paris and the East Wing of the National Gallery in Washington DC.

Previous winners of the award include Sir Edwin Lutyens, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Neiemeyer, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.

At the ceremony, Riba will also present Pei with a specially commissioned digital film of his "building that wasn't built" – the Hyperboloid – a tower he designed in 1954 for Manhattan, the plans for which inspired organic structures around the world.

 

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