Cesar Pelli is widely regarded as one of the most preeminent architects of the 20th century. Pelli was born in a small town in Argentina, and earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture at National University of Tucamán, Argentina. He moved to the U.S. to complete his masters degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Among his best-known works are the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, the expansion and renovation of the Museum of Modern Art, World Financial Center and Winter Garden in New York City, the Canary Wharf Tower in London, the Carnegie Hall Tower in New York City, and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.
During early parts of his career, he was able to perfect the use of glass skins technology, producing buildings of lightweight, translucent quality. He served as dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture from 1977-1984, and also established his own practice, Cesar Pelli & Associates (now Pelli Clarke Pelli) in 1977. At this point in his career, his style evolved with great sculptural quality and stone-clad buildings. Pelli became known for the lightweight appearance of his buildings, and his use of lines of colored stone or metal in his projects. His architectural style is especially evident in a project completed by his firm: Trinity College’s Mathematics, Computing and Engineering Center in Hartford, Connecticut.