Li Chung (Sandi) Pei was educated at Harvard University where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree mcl in 1972 and Master’s degree in architecture in 1976 from the Graduate School of Design. From 1976 until 1992 he practiced at the firm of I.M. Pei & Partners before leaving to establish Pei Partnership Architects with his brother C. C. Pei.
In the course of over 35 years Mr. Pei has been involved in more than four dozen projects worldwide on building types ranging from educational facilities, laboratories, and museums to commercial office, hotel and residential projects. Among his award-winning projects are the MIT Arts + Media Technologies Facilities, Cambridge, MA (1982), the Creative Artists Agency Headquarters, Beverly Hills, CA (1989), the Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong (1990), the Bank of China Head Office Building, Beijing, China (2002), the Suzhou Museum, Suzhou, China (2006), the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (2008) in Washington, DC., and the Dancing Water Theater in Macao, China (2010).
Since the founding of Pei Partnership Architects, L. C. Pei has directed the design of over five million square meters of building and several large-scale urban development projects in the United States, Mexico, China, Indonesia and Singapore. He was Partner-in-Charge of a luxury condominium apartment building in New York City called The Centurion and the Macao Science Center, both of which opened in 2009. He led the design of the world’s largest bank, the new Industrial and Commercial Bank of China in Beijing which opened in 2011 as well as the new Bank of China Tower which is currently under construction in Suzhou, China. Mr. Pei was Partner-in-Charge of BMW’s Beijing Xingdebao 5S dealership, the automaker’s first anticipated LEED Gold-certified building in China.
Recently Mr. Pei prepared the master plan for a major cultural center for Taihu New City in Wuxi on the outskirts of this historic city, a model pedestrian-oriented and environmentally-sustainable urban development that comprises a digital information library, a performance hall, a museum, a youth center, a hotel and shopping, in total over 400,000 SM of new construction over 35 hectares. Current work includes a headquarters building and high-rise condominium development in New York and Toronto and a museum and cultural park located in Southern China that commemorates the legacy of the Soong Family. This project is approved by the Central Government and is considered a high priority project designed to propel Hainan to become an international resort tourist destination.
Beyond his ongoing role as a practicing architect, L.C. Pei is known and respected for his public service contributions to the profession. A frequent lecturer his speaking engagements include the Building Museum in Washington, D.C.; AOA (Associacion de Oficinas de Arquitectura)
in Santiago, Chile; Intermarmomach Stone Fair in Verona, Italy; and the World Architectural Congress in Shanghai, China. He has been juror of international competitions and institute award programs in Seoul, New York, Chicago and Hong Kong and a design critic at numerous architectural schools in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Pei has been an active member of the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects where for several years he served on its Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the upcoming exhibition, “Practical Utopias: Asia’s Global Urbanism” and was appointed to the Advisory Council of the Center for Architecture Foundation observing its 10th anniversary this year.
Mr. Pei’s passion for the arts has resulted in close relationships with global art organizations and cultural institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Christie’s, the international company offering art auctions and private sales to clients around the world. In 2002, Mr. Pei joined the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, the world-renowned institution, on which he serves as Vice President.