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Born in Guangzhou in 1917, PEI moved to the US at the age of 18 to study at MIT and Harvard. One of the 20th Century’s most prolific architects, he has designed municipal buildings, hotels, schools and other structures across North America, Asia and Europe.
In TORONTO PEI is known for Commerce Court, where Bay Street meets King West in the Financial District. His style was described as modernist with cubist themes, and was influenced by his love of Islamic architecture. His favoured building materials were glass and steel, with a combination of concrete. (BBC)