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Gold Medal to the Glass Pyramid Creator

>Gold Medal to the Glass Pyramid Creator

In 2014, the International Union of Architects (UIA) will award its Gold Medal to the Chinese born American architect, Ieoh Ming Pei. In attributing the most prestigious of the UIA awards to Professor Pei, the UIA thus recognizes an architect whose “life and work spans the history of modern architecture over five continents for more than sixty years. The UIA thus honours his unique style, his timeless rigor, and his spiritual connection to history, time and space.”

Dozens of preeminent structures bear his signature, among which the extension of the Louvre Museum in Paris, with its famous glass pyramid nestled at the heart of the illustrious historic ensemble (1989), the National Museum of Art in Washington, the Johnson Museum of Art in New York (1973) and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar (2008).

Ieoh Ming Pei has received the most prestigious accolades that can be bestowed on an architect, notably the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). On 6 August 2014, he will receive the UIA Gold Medal at the awards ceremony organized in conjunction with the UIA World Congress of Architecture in Durban, South Africa.

The UIA Gold Medal is the most prestigious distinction attributed to an architect by architects, selected from among nominations submitted by professional organizations from around the world. This truly international procedure exemplifies the values of the UIA: professionalism, cultural diversity and independence. It is free from all forms of discrimination, special interest or partisanship.