SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Architect I-M Pei designed dozens of celebrated buildings across the globe including on the campus of New College of Florida.
Pei died on Thursday at the age of 102. Back in 1963, the famed architect designed the residence halls on the North Sarasota campus. Those dorms are still used today by New College students.
“Mr. Pei was said to have been inspired by a Mediterranean village by the way he designed the dorms with the patios facing towards the courts,” Director of Marketing at New College of Florida, Ann Comer-Woods said.
Pei perhaps is best known for designing the Louvre Pyramid in Paris.
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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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