Cesar Pelli

Cesar Pelli 1926-2019

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An architect of extraordinary buildings and commitment to the betterment of the environment, Caesar Pelli will be profoundly missed.  His influence endures in his work and continues through the thriving practice he founded





Born in Argentina, Cesar Pelli counts among his award-winning projects the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the San Bernardino City Hall, and the United States Embassy in Tokyo. In 1977, the year he founded Cesar Pelli & Associates, he became dean of Yale University School of Architecture. He resigned as dean in 1984 but continues to lecture and write extensively on architectural issues.

  • 1995 Gold Medal, AIA

  • Brunner Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters

  • Fellow, American Institute of Architects

  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Letters

"Visibility and image for the Art Center were achieved with a hexagonal, glass-enclosed entry pavilion. The pavilion faces the Vassar entrance from a new courtyard that we created with an open colonnade designed as a modern, freestanding extension of the existing buttresses on the existing buildings. The design of the wristwatch face was an elaboration of these forms that, for me and the Vassar Art Center, have acquired an iconic value."


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