Argentine architect Cesar Pelli was born in 1926. He studied architecture at the University of Tucmán, before a scholarship led him to the University of Illinois School of Architecture. After school, Pelli worked at the firm of Eero Saarinen and Associates. Pelli was with the firm for 10 years, later citing Saarinen and Corbusier as major influences in his work. In this position, he worked as project designer for the famous TWA terminal at JFK Airport. In 1977, Pelli and his wife opened Cesar Pelli and Associates with Fred W. Clarke. In 1995, he won the AIA Gold Medal for his architectural work. Some of Pelli’s most notable work includes the World Financial Center in NYC, Circa Center in Philadelphia, and the Petronas Twin Towers (with Mahathir Mohamad).
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