Chien Chung (Didi) Pei is co-founder of PEI Architects, formerly Pei Partnership Architects. Prior to establishing an independent office, Didi Pei spent the first 20 years of his professional career working with his father, I.M. Pei, and contributing to many of I.M. Pei & Partners’ most celebrated projects, including the East Wing of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (1978), the Grand Louvre in Paris (Associate Partner for Design + Administration, 1992), and the West Wing extension and renovation of Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (Designer-in-Charge, 1981, 1986). He was also Project Architect and Designer-in-Charge for Fragrant Hill Hotel in Beijing (1983) and for the 1,000,000-square-foot expansion of Mount Sinai Medical Center (1989).
Among Didi’s completed projects at PEI Architects are the Six Dynasty Museum and Grand Mansion Hotel in Nanjing, China; the Bank of China Head Office Building in Beijing, China; the chancery building for the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Washington, D.C.; the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA; the Guanajuato State Library in Leon, Mexico; the Museum of Islamic Art Park in Doha, Qatar; the Alturki headquarters for the Alturki Group in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Phase 2 of the Beijing Headquarters for ICBC, the largest bank in the world; and the restoration and revitalization of the main Garden Pavilion of Jianfu Palace (1740) inside the Forbidden City in Beijing. This project received a Citation for Design from the New York State division of the American Institute of Architects.
Projects currently in construction include the 228-meter-tall Fortune Center Mixed-Use Complex in Qingdao, China; Birmann 32, a 58,000-square-meter office building on Faria Lima, the main commercial street in São Paulo, Brazil; the new Yulong State Guest House in Chifeng, China; the BPIS Museum that will house the personal collection of the Sultan of Brunei; the renovation of the new headquarters for China Institute, a non-profit organization in New York City, and the new winery for Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, France.
Throughout his career, Didi Pei has played an active role in a number of professional and civic organizations, including the American Institute of Architects, where he serves as Chairman of the Delano and Aldrich Fellowship Committee. Pei is currently Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the China Institute in America. In 2007 Didi Pei was recognized for his design excellence on the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and was awarded the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by UCLA.
Chien Chung (Didi) Pei earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Physics from Harvard College in 1968 and graduated in 1972 from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master’s Degree in Architecture.