Acclaimed Argentine-American architect César Pelli, who designed some of the world’s most iconic buildings, passed away in July. He was the winner of hundreds of architecture awards, including the 1995 gold medal of the American Institute of Architects, its highest honor.
“Pelli was a consummate architect, teacher, and mentor,” stated American Institute of Architects executive vice president and chief executive officer Robert Ivy, FAIA. “Rooted both in the creative legacy of Eero Saarinen and the pragmatic leaders of west coast development, Pelli transformed skylines around the world and influenced the modern city as we know it. A master of both the urban scale and the carefully conceived individual detail, he leaves a legacy that stands as tall as the buildings he designed and as rich as the lives of the many architects whose careers were shaped by his generous teaching.”