In tribute to I M Pei

CBS 60 Minutes interview from 1987 gives a fascinating insight into the man and his work at the time the Louvre Pyramid was under construction

With the death of I M Pei, we’ve lost a master of modernism and one of the most celebrated architects of the last century.

While his breadth of work was wide, his most iconic – and at the time highly controversial – project was the glass pyramid he designed as a reworking of the entrance into the Louvre.

In this 1987 60 Minutes segment, a fresh-faced Diane Sawyer talks to Pei about the Louvre Pyramid a couple of years before it opened to the public, as well as how a young man born in Guangzhou and raised in Hong Kong came to be such an influential architect based in the US.

What comes through in the interview is not just Pei’s consummate skill as an architect, but also that he was such a charming and gentle man. 


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