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Cesar Pelli, born in 1926 in Tucuman, Argentina, is regarded as one of the 20th century’s leading architects. After working at various firms and perfecting the technology of glass skins, he launched his own practice in 1977 when he was asked to design an extension of the Museum of Modern Art, in New York. Known for his lightweight, almost tent-like buildings, Pelli’s designs include the Carnegie Hall Tower, in New York, the Pacific Design Center, in Los Angeles, and the Petronas Twin Towers, in Kuala Lumpur. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal in 1995.