New College of Florida remembers architect

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) – Architect I-M Pei designed dozens of celebrated buildings across the globe including on the campus of New College of Florida.

Pei died on Thursday at the age of 102. Back in 1963, the famed architect designed the residence halls on the North Sarasota campus. Those dorms are still used today by New College students.

“Mr. Pei was said to have been inspired by a Mediterranean village by the way he designed the dorms with the patios facing towards the courts,” Director of Marketing at New College of Florida, Ann Comer-Woods said.

Pei perhaps is best known for designing the Louvre Pyramid in Paris.

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Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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