Perry Chin is an architect and protégé of I.M. Pei, working as a consultant in New York and internationally. With forty years of experience in architecture and design, he has overseen the development from design through construction and completion, of projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S.A. The Miho Museum in Japan and the Oare Pavilion in England, among others, have received worldwide acclaim. Chin has worked hand in hand with Pei to develop and bring his designs to life representing a portfolio of work spanning over three decades. As project manager, he was instrumental in overseeing the realization of the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, which opened in 2008. In 2009 Chin's vision for the National Gallery of Art's East Building featured an expansion on I.M. Pei's original design, introducing two new Tower galleries, bridged by a roof sculpture terrace, and new stairs to improved circulation.
An accomplished professional of modern architecture, Chin formed his independent architectural practice in 1996. Since, he has remained a key associate of I.M. Pei Architect and has served as consultant to Pei Partnership Architects. In his role as architect in charge, Chin has led and inspired teams while cultivating collaborative partnerships with engineers, fabricators and other specialists. His built work encompasses a range of design and planning projects consisting of cultural and institutional facilities including Deutsches Historisches Museum Zeughaus (Berlin), Macao Science Center (Macao), Suzhou Museum (Suzhou), Bank of China Head Office Building (Beijing), Embassy of the People’s Republic of China (Washington D.C.), and Four Seasons Hotel (New York).
Chin has taught Building Systems as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture at the New York Institute of Technology and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 1974, Chin won the Paris Prize Design Competition given by the National Institute of Architectural Education which provided him the ability to travel and study extensively around the world. After joining I.M. Pei & Partners in 1979, Chin was appointed associate in 1984, and senior associate in 1989. His early projects include Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (New York), Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center (Dallas), Creative Artists Agency (Beverly Hills), First Bank Place (Minneapolis), and the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg).
Working from a studio in New York, the firm draws inspiration from the collaborative aspect as an essential basis of creating architecture and through the craft of building strives to arrive at a meaningful and refined design which is socially responsible and architecturally coherent.
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