I.M. Pei, Architect Who Designed Louvre Pyramid and CAA Building, Dies at 102

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I.M. Pei

His design for the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland captured the spirit of rebellion.

I.M. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who revived the Louvre museum in Paris with a giant glass pyramid and captured the spirit of rebellion at the multi-shaped Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, has died. He was 102.

His death was confirmed Thursday by a spokesman at his New York architecture firm.

Pei's works ranged from the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the chiseled towers of the National Center of Atmospheric Research that blend in with the reddish mountains in Boulder, Colorado.

His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces. Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston.

In 1989, Pei designed grand new headquarters for CAA in Beverly Hills. The three-story building, which features a central three-story atrium topped by a low, conical glass tower, is one of the architect’s few designs in Southern California. (CAA has since moved to a new home in Century City.)