Ieoh Ming Pei, an architectural success story
Ieoh Ming Pei is one of America’s most famous immigrants. Ieoh has been able to create an identity for himself that many of the people who are born in America have not been able to achieve. Ieoh was born in the year 1917, in the Canton province of China. He immigrated to the United States when he was just 18, in the year 1935. He came to study in the MIT and was a student of architecture. Later on he also attended the Boston University, in order to gain more knowledge in the field of architecture.
In the year 1942, Ieoh became a concrete designer. He also taught at Harvard till the year 1948 as an assistant professor. Ieoh joined the Webb & Knap Inc in the year 1948 and worked there till 1960. In that year he started his own company and named it I.M. Pei & Partners. Ieoh is known for his geometric patters that give a different identity to the buildings that he has designed. He is also famous for the innovative use of glass in the construction and beautification of a building.
Some of the most famous creations of Ieoh are the East wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, the John F Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also updated the Louvre in Paris.