Born in China on April 26, 1917 , Leoh Meng Pei came to the US in 1935 to study at Harvard and MIT. He has since become one of the most influential architects in the world.
His style is marked by the use of glass and geometric shapes to spectacular effect. Among his many projects were the East Building at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the Bank of China Building in Hong Kong and his widely publicized and controversial glass courtyard pyramids at the entrance to The Louvre in Paris. Some of his other projects include the Kennedy Library and the RockinRoll Hall of Fame.