National Hispanic Heritage Month: César Pelli

César Pelli, who was born in Argentina in 1926, has achieved international renown as one of the most innovative and influential architects around today. While Pelli is perhaps best known for designing the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, his considerable body of work has also included major transportation-oriented projects. A key example involves the terminal he designed for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, located just a few miles south of downtown Washington, D.C. Pelli’s design for this state-of-the-art facility included a large window allowing people to see both airline operations and the skyline of the nation’s capital. Another one of his innovations for this project entailed placing on top of the building a total of 54 domes that each resemble the dome for the Jefferson Memorial. Pelli has also designed the Transbay Transit Center (nicknamed the “Grand Central Station of the West”) in San Francisco; this facility is still under construction.

Photo Credit: Casa Rosada (Argentina Presidency of the Nation) – licensed under Creative Commons

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