21. Ieoh Ming Pei
Ieoh Ming Pei is a renowned Chinese-American designer known for his penchant for geometric shapes and integrating Chinese influences into his works. He was born in Canton, China in 1917 and he has won numerous awards among them the AIA Gold Medal (1979), Praemium Imperiale for Architecture (1989) and the 1993 Pritzker Prize. Pei has also designed many popular buildings like John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts, National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar, and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. During the 60s, Pei was chosen to design the J. F. Kennedy International Airport Terminal. He went on to earn national recognition when he planned and designed the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. Perhaps he is now known most for his controversial glass pyramids in Louvre Museum courtyard in Paris in 1989.