incomparable contributions to museums and culture worldwide will leave an indelible legacy. In 1983, he accepted the Pritzker Architecture Prize here at The Met, s
aying: ‘Let us all be attentive to new ideas, to advancing means, to dawning needs, to impetuses of change so that we may ac
hieve, beyond architectural originality, a harmony of spirit in the service of man,” read The Met’s official Twitter account.
“For this Chinese-American growing up in the DC area, the East Win
g of the National Gallery of Art was an extraordinarily special place. A mon
ument ot beauty and to the possibilities of being an immigrant. RIP to a legend,” Twitter user Jia Lynn Yang wrote.
“You cannot talk about architecture in the last 60 years without talking seriously about I.M. Pei,” said Ro
bert AM Stern, a former dean of the Yale University school of architecture. “It’s not a single building. It’s h
is work over a generation of time and his logical and relentless pursuit of the highest degree of excellence.”