“My buildings are like my children, so I cannot have any favorites” — CESAR PELLI (1926-2019)

Born in Argentina in 1926, Cesar Pelli studied architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán.

In 1952, he moved to United States with his spouse and attended the University of Illinois, School of Architecture, and received his Master of Science in Architecture degree.

While he was a director of design at Daniel, Mann, Johnson and Mendenhall in Los Angeles, he taught architecture at UCLA.

In 1977, he was selected to be the dean of the Yale School of Architecture in New Haven, Connecticut, serving until 1984.

After the refurbishment of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Pelli established his own firm, Cesar Pelli & Associates.

He was best known for designing the world’s tallest Twin-Towers for Petronas in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Petronas Towers were completed in 1997 enclosed in a stainless steel and glass Islamic motive sheath.

The dual tower remains the world’s tallest twin-towers today.
In 2008 That same year, he received the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

In 2010, Pelli was awarded The BrandLaureate Patron Awards for his contributions to the nation.

The Salesforce Tower in San Francisco was named the world’s best tall building by CTBUH in 2019 as well. His outstanding iconic architectural skyscrapers would stand solidly in perpetuity.

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