Famed architect Cesar Pelli dies aged 92

Cheryl Sanders
July 21, 2019

"The works he leaves throughout the world as a legacy are a pride for all Argentines".

Cesar Pelli, who is the architect and creator of the Petronas Twin Towers died at the age of 92.

Pelli's death was reported by the governor of Argentina's Tucuman province, where the architect grew up.

Pelli described architecture as being a social art. "I want to extend my condolences to all his family, his friends and his team".


Mr Pelli was born in 1926 in Tucumán, northern Argentina.

He was a graduate of Tucuman University and moved to the United States in 1952, settling in New Haven, Connecticut.

Architects must deliver "what is needed of us", Pelli once wrote.

Pelli then spent a decade in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, as an apprentice to famed architect Eero Saarinen, who designed the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, and the TWA terminal at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport, a historic landmark.


His other works include Hong Kong's International Finance Center complex; several skyscrapers in London's Canary Wharf business district; and the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles. He also oversaw the expansion of New York's Modern Art Museum in 1984.

In 1991, Pelli was named one of the 10 most influential living American architects by the American Institute of Architects.

He received numerous awards in his career, including the Aga Khan Award in Architecture in 2004 for designing the Petronas Towers.

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is one of the Pelli's best-known works. The glittering 88-floor, glass-facade structures were created to evoke motifs from Islamic art. Built in 1998 and standing at 1,483 feet (452 meters), the glass, steel and reinforced-concrete structures replaced Chicago's Sears Tower as the world's tallest buildings. His designs broke away from the standard modernist form and stood with a distinctive grace.


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