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February 11, 2010

IM Pei Awarded RIBA Gold Medal for Architecture

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The 92-year-old Chinese-born American architect IM Pei has been awarded the 2010 RIBA Royal Gold Medal for his contribution towards architecture.

RIBA president Ruth Reed will present the medal to the architect along with a digital film about Hyperboloid, a tower designed in 1954 for Manhattan that was not built.

The tower has inspired many organic structures around the world; the film has been produced by Crystal CG International.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado (1961-67); the East Wing of the National Gallery, Washington DC (1968-78); the John F Kennedy Library, Boston (1965-79) and the Bank of China, Hong Kong (1982-89) are some of the notable works of IM Pei.

The architect has also completed museum projects in Luxembourg, China and Qatar in recent years.

IM Pei will donate a drawing of the Louvre pyramid on receiving the award.

The architect has received awards in the US, France, Germany, Japan and the UK, where he is an honorary academician of the Royal Academy of Arts (1993).

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