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New York Architect Chien Chung Pei To Give Talk At U.Va. School Of Architecture On March 18

March 4, 2005 --

WHO:     Chien Chung Pei, co-founder of Pei Partnership Architects in New York City

WHAT:     Lecture — “U.S. National Slavery Museum and Other Current Work”

WHEN:     Friday, March 18, 5 p.m.
WHERE:   Campbell Hall, Room 153

New York architect Chien Chung Pei, who was selected to design the U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, Va., will give a talk on that project and other current work at the University of Virginia School of Architecture on March 18.

Pei worked with his father I.M. Pei for 20 years before founding Pei Partnership Architects in New York with his brother Li Chung Pei in 1992. At I.M. Pei and Partners (now Pei Cobb Freed & Partners), Chien Chung Pei worked on numerous projects, including the 70-foot-tall glass pyramid at the Grand Louvre in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the West Wing extension of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. 

The Pei Partnership Architects’ current museum projects, in addition to the U.S. National Slavery Museum, include the Suzhou Museum of Art (with I.M. Pei) in the Pei family’s native city in China.

A pioneer in the development of health care architecture dedicated to creating design as an integral part of the healing process, Pei Partnership designed the Guggenheim Pavilion at New York’s Mount Sinai Medical Center, a 625-bed teaching hospital facility designed to participate actively in the therapeutic process; the Kirklin Clinic, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a 430,000-square-foot facility that accommodates hundreds of physicians in 32 specialties with a dense labyrinth of operating suites, procedure rooms and 257 standardized examination rooms; and the renovation of the ultra-modern neurosurgery operating rooms for Mount Sinai Hospital, a  20,000-square-foot renovation of one floor of the Annenberg Pavilion to house three new operating rooms for neurosurgery. A project for the UCLA Westwood Replacement Hospital is currently under construction.

Other projects include the Bank of China Head Office Building in Beijing, China; a new chancery building for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington; a residential tower in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; a private waterfront house in East Hampton, N.Y.; a student center at Graceland University in Iowa; and the Guanajuato State Library in León, Mexico.

Chien Chung Pei graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in physics and earned a Master’s degree in architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

For more information about the lecture, contact Derry Wade at (434) 982-2921 or derry@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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