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IM Pei: ‘I’m a western architect’

China Architecture News - Mar 03, 2010 - 17:03   11515 views

At 92, IM Pei is revered as one of the last surviving modernists. Asthe recipient of Britain’s most prestigious architectural honour, theRoyal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal, awarded earlier thismonth, Pei was an uncontroversial and popular choice. The geometry andspatial quality of his recent work seem to satisfy even the mostcynical of critics, including those who only recently suspected him ofgross commercialism. But if Pei’s life now seems a long, effortlesssuccession of acclaimed international masterpieces, it didn’t alwayslook that way.