A Sino-American legacy

“I’ve never left China. My family’s been there for 600 years. But my architecture is not consciously Chinese in any sense. I’m a Western architect”


A remark made by IM Pei to the Financial Times in 2010 when Edward Heathcote asked if he felt like a Chinese architect. Pei died last Thursday aged 102. Pei grew up mostly in Shanghai – but was ancestrally from Suzhou – and was actually born in Guangzhou in 1917. He moved to the US in 1935 to study and would live and work in America for the rest of his life. The architect’s most famed works include the glass Louvre Pyramid, the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong and the Suzhou Museum.

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