We are seeking papers that expand and deepen our understanding of relatively unexplored dimensions of Pei’s education, professional practice, and architectural production within the complex global, transnational architectural landscape that he helped shape, and was shaped by. A diversity of interdisciplinary perspectives, and scholars from fields outside of architecture, are highly encouraged.

Areas of exploration might include, but are not limited to, Pei in the context of: 

  • His contributions to the discipline of architecture, and its discourses and contemporary practices
  • His early years in China, and education at MIT and the GSD
  • Architecture’s participation in the Cold War
  • The architect and/as developer
  • The rise of the international corporate architecture firm
  • The role of the “global architect” in developmental economics and the rise of global capitalism in the Asia-Pacific region, and post-reform China
  • The migratory practices of post-1949 Chinese émigré architects from greater China, and Chinese diaspora architects from East and Southeast Asia
  • Issues of identity and cultural representation in architectural design
  • Postmodernism
  • Engagements with notions of “Chinese spatiality” especially the principles of Chinese garden design
  • The expansion of the museum as a global institution

The application is closed.

Conference organisers will structure both events based on the papers received, and successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance, as well as their assigned venue (Cambridge, MA, or Hong Kong), by 1 May 2017.

Draft papers, limited to 10 double-spaced pages, will be due 1 August 2017.