I. M. Pei

I. M. Pei

by Louise Chipley Slavicek
     
 

In 1935, 17-year-old I.M. Pei left his family in Shanghai, China, to study architecture in the United States. Though he had intended to return home after earning his college degree, the Japanese invasion of China and the outbreak of World War II changed his plans. Over the next half century, Pei would establish himself as one of the leading architects in the world.

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In 1935, 17-year-old I.M. Pei left his family in Shanghai, China, to study architecture in the United States. Though he had intended to return home after earning his college degree, the Japanese invasion of China and the outbreak of World War II changed his plans. Over the next half century, Pei would establish himself as one of the leading architects in the world. Best known for his dazzling glass pyramid entrance to the Louvre Museum, Pei has designed dozens of other critically acclaimed structures, including the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Pei's latest project, completed when he was 91 years old, is the widely praised Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—A fascinating look at the world-renowned architect, whose style combines both his Western training and his Eastern upbringing. Perhaps best known for the glass-pyramid addition to the Louvre, Pei's buildings include the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH, and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Slavicek deftly covers Pei's life, including his childhood and the political events that were going on in China at that time, leaving his homeland when he was 18 to study in the United States, to his latest creation, the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. The narrative is easy to read, the sidebars are informative, and the chronology and glossary are very helpful. A solid choice for most libraries.—Delia Carruthers, Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna, NJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604135671
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Series:
Asian Americans of Achievement Series
Pages:
120
Product dimensions:
6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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