Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Humane Letters
University of Minnesota, Duluth, May 15, 2004
Cesar Pelli is an internationally recognized architect who has been pivotal in shaping the Urban Landscape around the world. A native of Argentina, he immigrated to the United States in 1952 and received a master's degree in architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He founded Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven, Connecticut (1977) and then from 1977 to 1984 was dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University. He is the recipient of more than 100 awards for design excellence including the Gold Medal, which recognizes a lifetime of distinguished achievement and outstanding contributions. Some of his architectural achievements include the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the World Financial Center in New York, the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, the Canary Wharf Tower in London, the Washington National Airport, and the Weber Music Hall at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.