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Architect , entrepreneur

Cesar Pelli, Argentinian architect. Recipient Aga Khan award, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2004. Fellow American Institute of Architects (Firm award 1989, named to top ten list of living American architects 1991, Gold medal 1995); member National Academy of Design (Arnold M. Brunner Memorial prize 1978), American Academy Arts and Letters (academician), International Academy Architecture (academician).

Background

Pelli, Cesar was born on October 12, 1926 in Tucuman, Argentina. Son of Victor V. and Teresa S. (Suppa) Pelli. came to the United States, 1952, naturalized, 1964.

Education

After studying architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Pelli completed his studies at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Career

Associate firm, Eero Saarinen & Associations, 1954-1964; associate firm, Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, 1964-1968; associate firm, Gruen Associations Inc., Los Angeles, 1968-1977; associate firm, Cesar Pelli & Associations, New Haven, Connecticut, since 1977; dean, School Architecture, Yale University, New Haven, 1977-1984.

Achievements

  • In 2004, his famous work Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur received the Aga Khan Award.\r\nOn May 15, 2004 the University of Minnesota Duluth awarded Pelli an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.\r\nOn May 26, 2008, Yale University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Arts degree to Pelli for his work in architecture.\r\nHe received the The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2008 to honor his work in the field of tall buildings.\r\nIn 2012, Konex Foundation from Argentina, granted him the Diamond Konex Award for Visual Arts as the most important artist in the last decade in his country.

Membership

Fellow American Institute of Architects (Firm award 1989, named to top ten list of living American architects 1991, Gold medal 1995). Member National Academy of Design (Arnold M. Brunner Memorial prize 1978), American Academy Arts and Letters (academician), International Academy Architecture (academician).

Connections

Married Diana Balmori, December 15, 1950. Children: Denis G., Rafael A.

father:
Victor V. Pelli

mother:
Teresa S. (Suppa) Pelli

spouse:
Diana Balmori

children:
Rafael A. Pelli

Denis G. Pelli