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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 César Pelli.
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, Kuala Lumpur (1997), and Goldman Sachs building, Jersey City, N.J. (2004).

His wife, Diana Balmori (dēä`nä bälmôr`ē), 1932–2016, b. Spain, was a noted American landscape architect whose a collaborative approach to design took architectural, social, and ecological factors into consideration. Among her many projects were a master plan to convert Bilbao's old industrial port into a park system that connected to the river and the Frank GehryGehry, Frank Owen
, 1929–, American architect, b. Toronto, Ont., as Frank Owen Goldberg. He is widely considered one of the finest and most artful of contemporary architects. In 1947, Gehry's family moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Univ.
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–designed museum, a rooftop garden for Silvercup Studios, Long Island City, N.Y., and landscape plans for new government ministries in Sejong City, South Korea. Her books include A Landscape Manifesto (2010).


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

Pelli, Cesar

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).
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About Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects Founded in 1977 and led by Cesar Pelli FAIA, Fred Clarke FAIA, and Rafael Pelli FAIA, Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects designs buildings that draw from architecture's rich history, evolving technologies, and the partnerships we build with our clients.
Awarded the Pritzker Prize in Architecture, and American Institute of Architects' prestigious Gold Medal, Cesar Pelli is acclaimed for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and most striking urban landmarks, including the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles and the World Financial Center and Winter Garden in New York City.
Described as the jewel in the crown of Liverpool One, Grosvenor's One Park West was designed by Cesar Pelli in 2008,and contains 326 apartments, a 24-hour gym, restaurants, offices and car parking complemented by Liverpool's waterfront, park and city views.
Recently, architect Cesar Pelli received us in his spacious New Haven studio overlooking Yale University and we had a chance to look through photographs and models of his works on several continents and ask him a few questions.
The tower designed by Argentine architect Cesar Pelli is a significant part of The Constanera Center complex, the biggest ongoing development in Chile, projected as the largest and the most meaningful commercial center in South America.
The building, designed by Cesar Pelli, world-renowned for the Petronas Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, offers 326 apartments, from studio to one- two- and three-bedrooms.
Born in Latvia, educated at the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Germany, Gunnar Birkerts made his way to American and became part of a group of influential architects that were known as 'modernists' and included such luminaries as Kevin Roche and Cesar Pelli.
It was a team that also included Kevin Roche, Robert Venturi, Cesar Pelli, Anthony Lumsden.
The complex, which features a clubhouse with two gyms and several swimming pools, was designed by Cesar Pelli, who was also behind Malaysia's 1,482 ft Petronas Towers, the world's tallest twin towers.
Argentina's Cesar Pelli, who designed the Petronas Tower in Malaysia, which were once the tallest buildings in the world, has now put his mind to a building in the Chilean capital that will become the tallest in South America.
This mixed-use area redevelopment, designed by Cesar Pelli, won the 2003 Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence.
In the works of architects like Frank Lloyd Wright, Eero Saarinen, Cesar Pelli, Norman Foster, and Michael Hopkins, Kellert reflects on the success of these strategies and presents models for moving forward.