University of Minnesota Duluth

Weber Music Hall Architect: Cesar Pelli & Associates

Established in 1977, Cesar Pelli & Associates is a full service architectural practice of some 80 persons. The firm has worked with corporate, government and private clients to design major public spaces, museums, airports, laboratories, performing arts centers, academic buildings, hotels, office and residential towers and mixed-use projects. The number of commissions the firm accepts is carefully limited to ensure a high degree of personal involvement by the principals. Cesar Pelli & Associates seeks to produce the best possible building for each circumstance. The work of Cesar Pelli is not constrained by a personal style or a signature that would limit his architecture; instead, it tries to celebrate the unique characteristics of each project. With this approach, the firm has designed several exceptional buildings in the United States and abroad. The AIA awarded Cesar Pelli & Associates its 1989 Firm Award in recognition of standard setting work in architectural design and Cesar Pelli received the Gold Medal from the AIA in 1995.

Cesar Pelli

Cesar Pelli was born in Tucuman, Argentina. In 1977 he became Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University and established Cesar Pelli & Associates in New Haven, Connecticut Mr. Pelli's work has been widely published and exhibited, with eight books dedicated to his designs and theories. In 1995, the AIA awarded Cesar Pelli its Gold Medal. In 1991, the AIA selected Mr. Pelli as one of the 10 most influential living American architects. In 1989, the AIA awarded Cesar Pelli & Associates its Firm Award. Cesar Pelli has received over 100 awards for design excellence and is the only architect to receive a Connecticut State Arts Award. Mr. Pelli wrote the book Observations for Young Architects (Monacelli Press 1999) as a distillation of his thoughts on a profession he loves. Selected Awards and Citations The work of Cesar Pelli & Associates has been internationally recognized with over 100 awards for design excellence, including over 40 design awards from National, Regional and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA awarded Cesar Pelli the 1995 Gold Medal, which recognizes a lifetime of distinguished achievement and outstanding contributions. In 1991, Cesar Pelli was selected as one of the 10 most influential living American architects. In 1989, Cesar Pelli & Associates was the recipient of the AIA's Firm Award. For more information on Cesar Pelli & Associates, visit their web site at



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