César Pelli born 1926
Born San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina
One of the most influential architects of the later twentieth century, César Pelli is also one of the first celebrity architects. He received a degree in architecture from the University of Tucumán, in Argentina, and then worked in the offices of Eero Saarinen. He combined a distinguished career as a practicing architect with serving as dean of the Yale School of Architecture from 1977 to 1984. He has received many awards for his eclectic, site-responsive designs, including the Aga Kahan Award in 2004 for the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pelli’s sleek and timeless portrait invites us to see the subject as cool and aloof. The artist, Philip Grausman, first met Pelli when they were both on the faculty at Yale. Grausman has written that his sculptures strive “for a timeless image of the subject by revealing not the specific nuances . . . but the underlying geometries and essential form of the subject’s head.”
Philip Grausman (born 1935)
Stainless steel, 2014 cast from 2011 original