I.M. Pei's legacy stretched from the West to the East

Visitors enjoy the scene from a window of the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1982 in Beijing, China on F

Visitors enjoy the scene from a window of the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1982 in Beijing, China on F

FILE - In this March 29, 1989, file photo, Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei laughs while posing for a portrait in front of the Louvre glass pyramid

FILE - In this March 29, 1989, file photo, Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei laughs while posing for a portrait in front of the Louvre glass pyramid

A worker cleans the pond at the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1982 in Beijing, China on Friday, May 17,

A worker cleans the pond at the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1982 in Beijing, China on Friday, May 17,

A visitor looks at the architecture of the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1982 in Beijing, China on Frid

A visitor looks at the architecture of the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1982 in Beijing, China on Frid

Hotel staff gives directions to visitors as ducks swim in a pond at the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1

Hotel staff gives directions to visitors as ducks swim in a pond at the Xiangshan hotel designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei and built in 1

Bank of China Tower, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, is seen in Hong Kong Friday, May 17, 2019. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who reviv

Bank of China Tower, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, is seen in Hong Kong Friday, May 17, 2019. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who reviv

Bank of China Tower, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, is seen in Hong Kong Friday, May 17, 2019. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who reviv

Bank of China Tower, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, is seen in Hong Kong Friday, May 17, 2019. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who reviv

Bank of China Tower, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, is seen in Hong Kong Friday, May 17, 2019. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who reviv

Bank of China Tower, a building designed by architect I.M. Pei, is seen in Hong Kong Friday, May 17, 2019. Pei, the globe-trotting architect who reviv

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2009, file photo shows the entrance of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, designed by architect I.M. Pei, in Bo

FILE - This Aug. 19, 2009, file photo shows the entrance of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, designed by architect I.M. Pei, in Bo

FILE - This May 21, 2013, file photo shows the exterior of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, designed by architect I.M. Pei. Pei, the globe

FILE - This May 21, 2013, file photo shows the exterior of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, designed by architect I.M. Pei. Pei, the globe

BEIJING (AP) — The legacy of American architect I.M. Pei stretches from west to east, from the Louvre museum to his native China, where he helped fuse tradition with modernity as the country opened up after the Cultural Revolution.

Pei died earlier this week at the age of 102. He added elegance to landscapes worldwide with powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces.

Born in southern China, he migrated to the United States and was one of the first overseas architects to visit China during its initial period of opening up. Tan Xin, who worked with him in the early 1980s, said he helped Chinese architects imagine how to modernize while retaining traditional elements.