贝聿铭 (Beì Yùmíng), also known as I. M. Pei, is one of the world’s most famous architects, best known for designing the pyramids of The Louvre in Paris. He turns 101 today, so happy birthday from the Mingbai team!
He was architecturally influenced by both traditional architecture like the Lion Grove Gardens of Sūzhōu (owned by his mega-rich family!) and modern, like the Shanghai International Hotel, which was the tallest building in Asia when he was young.
Some of his famous works includes the U.S. National Gallery of Art, the Kennedy Presidential Library, and the iconic Bank of China tower in Hong Kong. He focuses on public buildings and is often regarded as the last of the Modernist masters.
He has three sons, all of whom are architects and have 中 (zhōng) in their names – a homage to 中国 – China!
Why wouldn’t an Asian-American build African pyramids in Europe? Baidu Baike