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Old 05-16-2019, 07:06 PM
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I M Pei, the architect behind buildings including the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris, has died aged 102.

Tributes have been pouring in, remembering him for a lifetime of designing iconic structures worldwide.

Pei was born in Guangzhou, China in 1917, and moved to the US at 18 to study at Pennsylvania, MIT and Harvard.

He carried on working well into old age, creating one of his most famous masterpieces - the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar - in his 80s.
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RIP. Nice long, productive life. Just took a short peek at some of his works. Well done!
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obscure: the main reason I remember him is because he was the correct answer to the 2nd to last question of the first $1M winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (architect who designed The Louvre). I hadn't heard of him before then, but I was also fairly young
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Psh, pyramids have been done.
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obscure: the main reason I remember him is because he was the correct answer to the 2nd to last question of the first $1M winner on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (architect who designed The Louvre). I hadn't heard of him before then, but I was also fairly young
To be clear, he didn't design The Louvre itself... that was first built in the 12th century and added onto / modified many many times over the centuries. He designed the pyramid in front of The Louvre.

Also, I believe I watched that episode as I remember it being a question too!
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RIP. I'm actually not a huge fan of the pyramid (seems very out of place), but I do like most of his other works, including the Museum of Islamic Art.
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is that picture a joke? that building is absolutely hideous
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To be clear, he didn't design The Louvre itself... that was first built in the 12th century and added onto / modified many many times over the centuries. He designed the pyramid in front of The Louvre.

Also, I believe I watched that episode as I remember it being a question too!
good call, I misremembered it! the actual question: "What architect designed the glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre?"

it stuck with me because of the "strange" name compared to the other choices along Carpenter's immediate answer
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