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the architect behind the iconic Louvre pyramid I am pay has died at the age of a hundred and two that's according to a report in The New York Times Thursday you'll mean pay was one of the twentieth century's best known and most prolific architects designing museums municipal buildings hotels and schools around the world born in China he moved to the U. S. at eighteen years old studying architecture at MIT and Harvard before starting his own firm in nineteen fifty five pay like to work with stone glass and steel with a focus on precision geometry and a reverence for light his bank of China tower in Hong Kong is considered one of the city's most iconic skyscrapers when the seventy two story building was finished in nineteen eighty nine it was the tallest in Asia he tackled his toughest project in the early nineties a renovation of the Louvre museum in Paris he created a seventy foot tall glass pyramid is a grand entrance for the museum with three smaller pyramids nearby but he took a lot of heat from the outset first of all because he was in French critics also blasted his design saying it clashed with the historic buildings behind it a French newspaper called it a quote annex to Disneyland while an environmental group said the pyramids belonged in the desert but the loop wasn't pays last pyramid it popped up again a couple years later here at the rock and roll hall of fame in Cleveland Ohio pay continue designing into his eighties including a project considered one of his masterpieces the museum of Islamic art in dole ha he won the Pritzker architecture prize in nineteen eighty three and use the one hundred thousand dollar award to start a program for aspiring Chinese architects to study in the United States