Published: Sun, July 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Famed architect of Miami's Arsht Center Cesar Pelli dies at 92

Famed architect of Miami's Arsht Center Cesar Pelli dies at 92

César Pelli, the Argentine-American architect and designer of Malaysia's iconic Petronas Twin Towers, has died at the age of 92.

Anibal Bellomio, a senior associate architect at Pelli's CT studio, confirmed on Saturday that Pelli died peacefully on Friday at his home in New Haven.

Hired by Yale University to serve as the dean of its architecture school, Pelli in 1977 moved to New Haven, Connecticut, where he opened his own design firm.

His most high-profile achievement was the Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur - a 452-metre high structure that was the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1998.

Along with the Petronas Towers, at the time the tallest buildings in the world, Pelli's famous works include the World Financial Center in New York, Canary Wharf Tower in London and renovation work on New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Cesar Pelli's family and colleagues announced his death on Saturday, prompting tributes from the world of architecture and beyond.

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Pelli also designed the International Financial Centre, which soars over the waterfront of Hong Kong, and the Torre Santiago in Chile.

Born on October 12, 1926, in Tucuman, in northern Argentina, Pelli first studied building design at the University of Tucuman, graduating in 1949.

In addition, Pelli designed the glass-and-steel tower in New York City where the USA headquarters of Bloomberg LP, parent of Bloomberg News, is located. Throughout his career he received many awards including the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architecture.

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

In the United States, Pelli also designed buildings in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Salt Lake City, Houston and Las Vegas.

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