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I.M. Pei’s designs are a big presence, locally and around the world

Bostonians might be most familiar with the architect I.M. Pei through his design of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.Barry Chin/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

The famed architect I.M. Pei has died. He was 102. Pei had a number of ties to the area: He was a 1940 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was known for designing the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Dorchester.

You might not know that his work is also scattered across the MIT campus; one of the buildings he designed is the 21-story Green Building, which is Cambridge’s tallest structure. (Pei’s name is often attached to such Boston works as the Hancock Tower, the Christian Science Center, and Harbor Towers, but these were designed by other partners in his firm.)


Here’s a look at some of his work:


The Green Building (at left) is the tallest building in Cambridge.Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe/File

The Green Building (a.k.a. “Building 54”) opened in 1964, according to MIT’s website, and it hosts a number of departments.

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The Landau Building (a.k.a. “Building 66”) is another structure Pei designed on his alma mater’s campus.

Pei (right) chatted with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston director Jan Fontein (left) in 1981 in the museum’s new West Wing.Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

Pei also designed the West Wing addition to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It opened in 1981.


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The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (above), which opened in 1986, was designed by Pei.

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Pei also designed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

The National Gallery of Art’s East Building (background).Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images/File/AFP/Getty Images

Pei designed the east building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington.


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You’re probably seen it on Instagram if friends share photos from their European excursions: the Louvre pyramid in Paris. It opened in 1989 and at one point was panned by many.

Pei said of the project: “All through the centuries, the Louvre has undergone violent change. The time had to be right [for change]. I was confident because this was the right time.”

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The Museum of Islamic Art (above) in Doha, Qatar, opened in 2008 and was one of Pei’s final projects.

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You can’t miss the Bank of China tower (center) on the Hong Kong skyline.


Globe correspondent Robert Campbell and material from the Associated Press contributed to this report. Sean Smyth can be reached at sean.smyth@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @smythsays.