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After studying architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumn, Pelli completed his studies at
the School of Architecture at theUniversity 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. His son Denis, Rafael Pelli, also well-known

Pelli served as dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University from 1977 to 1984. His firm `


In 2004, his famous work Petronas Towers of Kuala Lumpur received the Aga Khan

On May 26, 2008, Yale University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Arts degree to Pelli for
his work in architecture.[1]

He received the The Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council on
Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2008 to honor his work in the field of tall buildings.[2]

In 2012, Konex Foundation from Argentina, granted him the Diamond Konex Award for
Visual Arts as the most important artist in the last decade in his country.


Project Designer, Eero Saarinen

Director of Design, Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, Los Angeles, California

Partner for Design, Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, 19681976

Cesar Pelli & Associates, 1977 (currently known as Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects)


The Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood,

The World Financial Center and Winter Garden in New York,

The NTT Headquarters building in Tokyo,

The twin Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and

The Mathematics Building and Lecture Hall at the Institute for Advanced Study in