César Pelli

César Pelli

Pelli in 2010
Born (1926-10-12) October 12, 1926
San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
Nationality ArgentineUnited States citizen
Occupation Architect
Awards Doctor of Arts, CTBUH Skyscraper Award, The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award
Practice Pelli Clarke Pelli
Design Metallic, art deco-influenced buildings

César Pelli (born October 12, 1926), founder of Pelli Clarke Pelli, is an Argentine American architect known for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks. In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) listed Pelli among the ten most influential living American architects. His many awards include the 1995 AIA Gold Medal which recognizes a body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Perhaps his most famous work are the Petronas Twin Towers, which were for a time the world's tallest buildings. He also designed the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan.

Personal life

After studying architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Pelli completed his studies at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He started his career in the New Haven offices of architect Eero Saarinen.

He emigrated to the United States in 1952 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. He married Diana Balmori, a landscape and urban designer. They have two children: Denis, a neurobiologist and Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University and Rafael Pelli, also well-known architect.

Pelli served as dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University from 1977 to 1984. His firm employs about 100 architects, designers, and support staff in New Haven, Connecticut.

Awards and honors





  1. "University awards 3,117 degrees at Commencement". Yale Daily News. Archived from the original on 2008-07-27.
  2. "2008 Lynn S. Beedle Award Winner". Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
  3. "Early Cesar Pelli Building Threatened with Demolition". Preservation Online. National Trust. June 21, 2005. Archived from the original on 2006-05-03.
  4. Benjamin Forgey. "COMSAT Alumni & Retirees Association". COMARA.org. Retrieved 2013-04-21.

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