I.M. Pei completed the Bank of China tower (center) in Hong Kong the same year as the Louvre Pyramid opened to the public in Paris (PHILIPPE LOPEZ)

Paris (AFP) – Celebrated architect I.M. Pei has died at age 102. Here are key dates in his life:

– April 26, 1917: Born Ieoh Ming Pei in Guangzhou, southern China, the son of a banker.

– 1935: In his late teens he leaves for the United States to study architecture, receiving an undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1940 and a masters degree at Harvard in 1946.

– 1955: He creates the agency I.M. Pei and Associates, having been naturalised a US citizen a year earlier.

– 1959: The construction of Mile High Center in Denver, Colorado, becomes the first in a series of major orders in the United States and around the world.

– 1978: His East Building of the National Gallery of Art opens in Washington.

– 1979: Pei completes The John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.

– 1982: His Fragrant Hill Hotel in Beijing opens.

– 1983: Pei is awarded the Pritzker Prize, considered the Nobel prize of architecture.

– 1989: The Louvre Pyramid is opened to the public. The same year, Pei completes the Bank of China office tower in Hong Kong.

– 1992: He is awarded the Medal of Freedom, the highest US civilian honour.

– 1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opens a lakefront museum designed by Pei in Cleveland, Ohio.

– 2008: His Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, opens.

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