The International Union of Architects (UIA) will award its 2014 Gold Medal to American architect Ieoh Ming (I. M.) Pei. Pei is recognized for his “life and work [that] spans the history of modern architecture over five continents for more than 60 years,” according to a statement. “The UIA thus honors his unique style, his timeless rigor, and his spiritual connection to history, time, and space.”
Born in China in 1917, Pei arrived in the United States in 1935 and received a bachelor of architecture from MIT four years later. He received a master of architecture in 1946 under the instruction of Walter Gropius at Harvard University. In 1955, he founded his own practice, which became Pei Cobb Freed & Partners in 1989.
Pei’s notable projects include the JFK Library in Boston; the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado; the Louvre Museum expansion in Paris; the National Museum of Art in Washington, D.C.; and the Johnson Museum of Art in New York.
Pei will receive his award on August 6 during the UIA World Congress of Architecture in Durban, South Africa.