Cesar Pelli: Architect who designed Petronas Towers dies

Clay Curtis
July 21, 2019

César Pelli, the Argentinian-born US architect who designed some of the world's most famous skyscrapers such as the Petronas Towers in Malaysia and the World Financial Center in NY, has died, according to the Washington Post.

The architect was the former dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and a lecturer at the school, where he received an honorary doctor of arts degree.

The 1,483-foot-tall Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is one of Pelli's best-known works.

Pelli also changed the skyline of lower Manhattan with his World Financial Center office-building complex now called Brookfield Place, located steps away from the Hudson River.

Other influential buildings by Pelli include United States Embassy in Japan, the Pacific Design Center, the expansion of Washington National Airport, the Goldman Sachs Tower in New Jersey, the Torre de Cristal in Madrid, and countless others.

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

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"I am saddened to hear the passing of Mr. Cesar Pelli, the great architect who designed the KLCC Twin Towers in Malaysia".

Within the a year ago, three other acclaimed architects have died.

Pelli strived to reconcile the influence of modern and classic design, produced designs to satisfy building owners rather than challenging them.

"We should not judge a building by how lovely it is in isolation, but instead by how much better or worse that particular place. has become by its addition", Mr Pelli told Architectural Digest in 1988.

Argentine energy giant YPF, whose headquarters in Buenos Aires was designed by Pelli, said he had "left his mark with his magnificent works in Argentina and the world". After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, where he later taught at the University of California.

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