Famous American Immigrants

Ieoh Ming Pei:

One of America’s most famous architects, Ieoh Ming Pei was born in Canton in China in 1917 and came to the United States at the age of 18 to study architecture. He attended MIT and Boston. In 1942 he became a concrete designer. He worked as an assistant professor at Harvard until 1948 when he joined Webb & Knapp Inc. in New York. In 1960, he started his own architectural office, I.M. Pei & Partners, now Pei, Cobb, Free & Partners. Pei’s designs are famous for their geometric patterns and their characteristic use of glass. Among Pei’s many building designs are the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library in Boston and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His accomplishments also include updating the Louvre in Paris.

Acknowledgement to David Sheen, WordPress blogger and immigration attorney in San Francisco.


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