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Architect of the Month: Cesar Pelli

Architect Of The Month Cesar Pelli Kingsley Recruitment Leeds Liverpool Manchester Bristol Birmingham 1

Natalie Pearson

Each month we like to honour an architect who pushes boundaries and has made a significant contribution in the architectural field. This December, we’re drawing the spotlight on Cesar Pelli.

The architect

Cesar was born in 1926 and grew up in the small city of Tucumán in Argentina. A self-proclaimed voracious reader as a child he loved art books, this was no doubt an influence passed on from his mother who was a teacher. After leaving school at 16 Cesar was drawn to study architecture at university, where he could indulge in his passions of drawing, history, painting, mathematics and art. In 1995, he won the prestigious AIA Gold Medal for his architectural work.

“I fell completely in love with architecture, and I remain in love with it”.

Some of His Famous Designs

One Park West, Liverpool, UK

One Canada Square, London, UK

Porta Nuova Garibaldi Complex, Milan, Italy

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, USA

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

His Style

Pelli’s projects do not fit in with a single style. Pelli believes that a design should reflect the context of their surroundings, he is sensitive to the development of cities and how his structures fit into the landscape surrounding them. 

“A building must be both background and foreground. As foreground, it must have some exceptional qualities. But it must also try very hard to knit into the fabric of the city.”  

Each month we like to honour an architect who pushes boundaries and has made a significant contribution in the architectural field. This December, we’re drawing the spotlight on Cesar Pelli.

The architect

Cesar was born in 1926 and grew up in the small city of Tucumán in Argentina. A self-proclaimed voracious reader as a child he loved art books, this was no doubt an influence passed on from his mother who was a teacher. After leaving school at 16 Cesar was drawn to study architecture at university, where he could indulge in his passions of drawing, history, painting, mathematics and art. In 1995, he won the prestigious AIA Gold Medal for his architectural work.

“I fell completely in love with architecture, and I remain in love with it”.

Some of His Famous Designs

One Park West, Liverpool, UK

One Canada Square, London, UK

Porta Nuova Garibaldi Complex, Milan, Italy

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, USA

National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

His Style

Pelli’s projects do not fit in with a single style. Pelli believes that a design should reflect the context of their surroundings, he is sensitive to the development of cities and how his structures fit into the landscape surrounding them. 

“A building must be both background and foreground. As foreground, it must have some exceptional qualities. But it must also try very hard to knit into the fabric of the city.”