Excerpt from press release:
« IEOH MING PEI
UIA GOLD MEDAL 2014
In 2014, the International Union of Architects (UIA) will award its Gold Medal to the Chinese born American architect, Ieoh Ming Pei.
In attributing the most prestigious of the UIA awards to Professor Pei, the UIA thus recognizes an architect whose “life and work spans the history of modern architecture over five continents for more than sixty years. The UIA thus honours his unique style, his timeless rigor, and his spiritual connection to history, time and space.”
Ieoh Ming Pei was born in Canton, China in 1917. He arrived in the United States in 1935 and studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from which he received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1940. After studying under Walter Gropius at Harvard University, he received a Master of Architecture in 1946. In 1954, he acquired American citizenship and founded, in 1955, his own agency with two associates, Eason Leonard and Henry Cobb. »
(Source: Catherine Hayward, Director of Communication, Union Internationale des Architectes)
(Photo: Ieoh Ming Pei ©AIA)