Architect I.M. Pei in the East Building of the National Gallery of Art on opening day, June 1, 1978. Photo © Dennis Brack/Black Star. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gallery Archives

April 24, 2017 I.M. Pei

National Gallery Celebrates I.M. Pei Turning 100

To celebrate I.M Pei, FAIA, turning 100 on Wednesday, the National Gallery of Art will host a discussion at the Gallery’s Pei-designed East Building, which opened in 1978. “Designed at a crucial point in Pei’s long and productive career, the East Building won the American Institute of Architect’s Twenty-five Year Award in 2004, and Pei, considered a living legend, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1983,” the National Gallery said in a statement.

Susan Wertheim, chief architect and deputy administrator for capital projects at the National Gallery of Art, will discusses Pei’s architectural legacy at the Gallery and then will join his longtime associate Perry Y. Chin to share experiences working on the recently completed East Building renovation. The event will be held April 26 at 3:30 pm in the East Building Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.