Pelli, César

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Pelli, César,

1926–, American architect, b. Tucumán, Argentina. Pelli graduated (1949) from the Univ. of Tucumán, immigrated (1952) to the United States, and subsequently attended (1952–54) the Univ. of Illinois. He worked with Eero SaarinenSaarinen, Eero
, 1910–61, Finnish-American architect, grad. Yale (B.A., 1934), became an American citizen in 1940; son of Eliel Saarinen. Saarinen's reputation was established with his design of the General Motors Technical Center, Warren, Mich. (1951–55).
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 from 1954 to 1964, the year he became a U.S. citizen. In 1977 he established his own firm in New Haven, Conn., and from that year until 1984 he was also the dean of Yale's School of Architecture. Pelli does not have a readily identifiable style; working within a modernist idiom, he strives to adapt each project appropriately to its culture, function, and site. This approach is evident in a wide variety of major public projects, including the glass-clad Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles (1977); Museum of Modern Art extension and residential tower, New York City (1984); NTT Headquarters, Tokyo (1990); World Financial Center complex, New York City (1987); and the lofty Canary Wharf Tower, London (1991), Petronas TowersPetronas Towers,
twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, that are the world's tallest twin towers. Standing 1,483 ft (452 m) high, they were designed by the Argentinian-American architect Cesar Pelli.
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, Kuala Lumpur (1997), and Goldman Sachs building, Jersey City, N.J. (2004).

Bibliography

See studies by J. Pastier (1980), P. Goldberger et al. (1991), D. Anger (1996), and P. Barreneche, ed. (2003).

Pelli, Cesar

(1926–)
Argentine-born American architect who worked for Eero Saarinen before becoming director of design for Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall in 1964, and later the design partner, Gruen Associates. He set up his own practice in New Haven, CT (1977). The Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA (1971), brought his name to notice. He designed the Winter Garden and World Financial Center at the World Trade Center, NYC (1981), the Canary Wharf Tower, London, England (1986), and the huge Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia (1997).