The scope and scale of I.M. Pei's projects in and around Boston are remarkable, and make the city a destination for admirers of his work.
Raised in Shanghai, Pei met Le Corbusier while studying at MIT and worked closely with Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer while an assistant professor at the Harvard GSD in the 1940s. At I.M. Pei and Associates, and later Pei, Cobb, Fried, he was well positioned to play a leading role in Boston's modern transformation. Between 1960 and 1980, Pei and his partners, particularly Henry Cobb and Araldo Cossuta, executed numerous major projects, from MIT to the MFA, from Harbor Towers to the Christian Science Center to the Kennedy Presidential Library. These still form the modern backdrop of the city.
Henry Cobb may have the most enduring legacy in Boston of the Pei partnership; following the iconic Hancock Tower, he designed the Moakley Courthouse, and just before his death in 2019 completed the residential tower at One Dalton St.
Pei was awarded the AIA Gold Medal and the Pritzker Prize, recognizing a career that included designs for iconic global buildings including the Louvre Pyramid in Paris and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. See https://www.pcf-p.com to learn more.