IM Pei, the architect behind the controversial renovation of Paris’ Louvre Museum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, has died at 102 years old.

His death was confirmed by a spokesman at Pei’s New York architecture firm to the Associated Press..M. Pei’s full name was Ieoh Ming Pei. Born in Suzhou, China, in 1917, Pei moved to the US to study architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard in 1935.

In his first years after his degree, he taught and worked for the US government. Eventually, in 1948 he went to work for a New York developer. Ambitiously, he started his own firm in 1955.His designs made him famous but they weren’t always well received at first. When he first designed the Louvre’s pyramid it came with quite some controversy.

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