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Chien Chung (Didi) Pei Prominent architect



Pei Partnership Architects

Chien Chung (Didi) Pei earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in

Physics from Harvard College in 1968 and graduated in 1972 from

Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with a Master’s Degree in

Architecture. As the middle son of I.M. Pei, he was taught the

vision, commitment and professional standards essential to the

creation of significant and lasting architecture during his formative



Prior to founding Pei Partnership Architects in 1992 with his brother, Li Chung (Sandi), C.C. Pei

spent the first 20 years of his professional career contributing to many of I.M. Pei and Partners’

most celebrated projects, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (1978) and

the Grand Louvre in Paris (Associate Partner for Design + Administration, 1992). There, he

developed nationally recognized expertise in museum architecture and medical facility design.

He served as Designer-in-Charge of the West Wing extension and renovation of Boston’s

Museum of Fine Arts (1981, 1986). Other museum/cultural projects to which he contributed

include the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library in Massachusetts (1979) and the Centre d’Art

Contemporain in Luxembourg (2006). He was also Designer-in-Charge for the Fragrant Hill

Hotel in Beijing (1982), the Mount Sinai Hospital Guggenheim Pavilion (1989) and the Kirklin

Clinic in Birmingham, AL (1992).

Mr. Pei continues to maintain his presence in the health care domain. He has completed two

projects at Mount Sinai Hospital: neurosurgery operating rooms and the Martha Stewart Center

for Living, a 7,800-square-foot outpatient geriatric wellness center. He led the PPA team that

prepared the Master Plan for the UCLA South Campus and was Partner-in-Charge of the one

million-square-foot Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center that completely replaced the existing

hospital badly damaged by the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. He was awarded the UCLA Medal,

the university’s highest honor, in recognition of his enduring contribution to that institution.

He was Partner-in-Charge of both the Bank of China Head Office Building in Beijing, China

(2001) and the extension to the corporate headquarters of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of

China (ICBC), the world’s largest bank, which opened to the public in March 2011. He

completed the executive offices of a well-known company on the West Coast in 2003 and led the

design of the Guanajuato State Library in Leon, Mexico in 2006, a project which was recognized

with the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Design award. C.C. Pei also directed the design of the

new chancery building for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, DC

which was completed in 2008 and the Suzhou Museum, designed in collaboration with I.M. Pei,

which opened to international acclaim in 2006. In 2010, the Jianfu Palace Garden restoration,

executed in conjunction with Tsao & McKown Architects, received a Citation for Design from

the New York State division of the American Institute of Architects.

C.C. Pei was Partner-in-Charge of the Museum of Islamic Art Park in Doha, Qatar, which

opened to the public in 2012. The nearly 70-acre crescent-shaped Park includes a new pier and


plaza as the setting for a monumental vertical steel sculpture by internationally acclaimed

American artist Richard Serra. The Park also contains new public facilities such as food kiosks,

restaurants, children’s activities and other cultural amenities. Two of Mr. Pei’s projects in China

are currently under construction and scheduled for completion in 2013: the 904,000-square-foot

Fortune Center – Qingdao Taishan Real Estate Development as well as a 55,700 square-meter

Commodity Exchange Building in Zhengzhou. C.C. Pei’s other current commissions include a

multi-use complex with a museum and boutique hotel in Nanjing, China; a State Guest House

Hotel in Chifeng, China; the Château Lynch-Bages winery in Bordeaux, France and an office

building along the main avenue, Faria Lima in São Paulo.

Throughout his career, C.C. Pei has played an active role in a number of professional and civic

organizations including the American Institute of Architects, where he serves as Chairman of the

Delano-Aldrich Fellowship Committee. He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the

China Institute in New York City. He was a trustee of the Collegiate School in New York City

and served on the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He has frequently

been called upon to lecture to professional andeducational organizations on architectural design.

He has lectured on design topics to local AIA chapters in such places as New York, NY;

Jacksonville, FL; Memphis, TN; Salt Lake City, UT; Orange County, CA, Los Angeles, CA; and

Vancouver, BC. He has served as a jury member for architectural design awards in many of

these same chapters. Mr. Pei has lectured at the University of Texas (Austin), the University of

Michigan (Ann Arbor), and Columbia University. He has also lectured at the National Gallery of

Art and the National Building Museum, both in Washington, D.C. and at the John F. Kennedy

Library in Boston. Internationally, Mr. Pei has lectured in China, France, Italy, Mexico, Aruba,

England, Brazil and Colombia.


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