<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/58/58ae4721ea77fe8102e07745ca157303.jpeg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" /><a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/44676/i-m-pei" rel="nofollow" >I.M Pei</a>'s work has influenced many. However, there are several individuals and places that have influenced Pei into becoming one of the most recognized architects in the profession. Growing up in <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/37093/hong-kong" rel="nofollow" >Hong Kong</a> and <a href="https://archinect.com/news/tag/11467/shanghai" rel="nofollow" >Shanghai</a>, Pei drew much inspiration from his childhood surroundings, but do you know what else inspired the late architectural legend?
Every great architect is inspired by someone or something which propels them into producing their most significant work. Below is a list of people and places that have influenced I.M. Pei and his work.
Shizilin Garden in Suzhou
As a child, Pei would visit the gardens of Suzhou with his family during the summer. Indeed a place filled with beauty and history the Shizilin Garden was especially influential to Pei as a boy. Built by a monk in the 14th century, the late architect described the garden as “an ideal playground.” What stuck with Pei the mo…