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Architect César Pelli
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Born on the 12th of October, 1926 (87 years old)
People of world renown often come from the unlikeliest places. Cesar Pelli grew up in the small provincial city of Tucumán in northwestern Argentina. His father was a municipal civil servant while his mother is a teacher.
After graduation, the architect taught at the school and found a job “with a large state organization where I was in charge of the design department."
Pelli is proud of what he was able to do—
design low-cost housing with “lots of square feet in very simple, very economical construction, which was appreciated by the people who ended up living in those houses.”
"Architecture adds dimensions to my life that would be impossible to acquired if I retired. The beautiful thing about architecture is that every project is brand new. I am forced to renew myself with every project. Isn't that wonderful?"
In his hometown where he earned a Diploma in Architecture from the University of Tucuman. The man who built such landmarks of modern design began his training in a school consecrated to the Beaux Arts tradition. He took his Masters in Architecture in the University of Illinois.
After completing his Master's degree in architecture, Pelli spent ten years working in the offices of
serving as Project Designer for several buildings, including the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York and Morse and Stiles Colleges at Yale University.
After this apprenticeship, he was Director of Design at DMJM and, later, Partner for Design at Gruen Associates, both in Los Angeles. Pelli was readying himself to open his own firm and head the architecture program at UCLA when a call came from Yale is America’s preeminent architecture school. Cesar Pelli taught for many years and served as Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture from 1977 to 1984.
. In 2005, in recognition of the increased role of the firm’s principals, the firm was renamed
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
“Creating an architecture that is responsive to function and place”
"We should judge a building not by how beautiful it is in isolation, but by how much better or worse it makes the city."
“I see my buildings as pieces of cities, and in my designs I try to make them into responsible and contributing citizens,”
“I believe that we architects should try to go beyond our basic obligations to the public, and our opportunities to do so are many.”
"enjoyed doing—drawing, history, painting, mathematics, art."
I fell completely in love with architecture, and I remain in love with it.”
With a career that spans over 50 years, Cesar Pelli has received over
awards for his architectural work including over 40 design awards from National, Regional and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
The AIA awarded Cesar Pelli the 1995 Gold Medal
In 1991, Cesar Pelli was selected as one of the 10 most influential living American architects.
In 1989, Pelli Clarke Pelli was the recipient of the AIA’s Firm Award.
Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004
Konex Diamond Award for Visual Arts
World Financial Center Complex
Pacific Design Center
multi-use facility for the design community located in West Hollywood, California.
One of its building are called as Blue Whale
Connecticut Center for Science
The Center's goals are to promote the study of science by the state's youth and to encourage urban revitalization in Hartford
a Gold Level (LEED) Certified green building.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami Florida
Miami’s "New Town Square."
an Art Deco building constructed in 1929
Los Angeles, California
also known as "Pelli Tower"
Bank of America Corporate
the tower is visible to the naked eye from 35 miles (56 km) away
100 North Main Street
"Wells Fargo Center"
post modern style
Petronas Tower, Malaysia
tallest building in the world from 1998 to 2004
stand as a cultural and architectural icon in Kuala Lumpur
it evoked the richness of the country’s culture.
Pelli’s conceptual efforts to incorporate Islamic motifs and symbols
Pelli used the
Rub el Hizb
, an important symbol found in many Islamic cultures, as a way to generate the plan of the building
"… a door to the infinite.” - Cesar Pelli
Other features include a curtain wall of glass and stainless steel sun shades to diffuse the intense equatorial light
Rub el Hizb
Unlike other twin tower designs around the world that stand independently from one another, there is a skybridge that connects the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors of each tower.
for fire escapes
highest access point for visitors to travel in the office buildings, which offers views of Kuala Lumpur
During 1996, the spires was attached and finally reached the full height
a primary indoor sports and event venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States.
The building is a concrete frame construction, clad in a modern clear and opaque glazed curtain wall.