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Learn How Great Architects Are Grown From Descendants of Famous Architects

Hands-on Fun activity for Parents and Children 8-12 years old

New York, NY —  The DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society presents Chien Chung Pei (son of I.M. Pei), Charles A. Platt (grandson of Charles A. Platt) and Samuel G. White (great-grandson of Stanford White) in a talk for families about their career influences. Students will be challenged to build a special project. Materials provided by the New-York Historical Society. Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the New-York Historical Society, 2 West 77th Street off Central Park West.

Chien Chung (Didi) Pei, AIA, is a partner at Pei Partnership Architects LLP. He earned a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in Physics from Harvard College in 1968 and graduated in 1972 from Harvard's Graduate School of Design with a Master's Degree in Architecture. As the middle son of I.M. Pei, he was taught the vision, commitment and professional standards essential to the creation of significant and lasting architecture during his formative years. Prior to founding Pei Partnership Architects in 1992 with his brother, Li Chung (Sandi), C.C. Pei spent the first 20 years of his professional career contributing to many of I.M. Pei and Partners' most celebrated projects, including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (1978) and the Grand Louvre in Paris (Associate Partner for Design + Administration, 1992).

Charles A. Platt, FAIA, is a partner at Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, LLP. An architect and painter, he began practicing as a principal in 1965. Throughout his career, Charles Platt has been active in public affairs related to architecture, the arts and historic preservation. He served as a member of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for five years, is a director of the Municipal Art Society, of New 42 Inc., a member of the board of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy and is a member of the board and past president of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial at the National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. He is an Academician at the National Academy of Design.

Sam White is a partner at Platt Byard Dovell White Architects, a New York firm that focuses on designs that introduce new interventions to historic settings in ways that both reinforce and reinterpret their contexts. The firm's current opportunities to explore the intersection of old and new include the restoration of the Park Avenue Armory and new entrances and galleries for the New-York Historical Society. Mr. White is the co-author with Elizabeth White of Stanford White Architect, published by Rizzoli.

Reserve tickets by October 20 at https://www.nyhistory.org/web/events/architects.html

WHAT: Growing Great Architects

WHEN: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m.

WHERE: The New-York Historical Society
2 West at 77th Street at Central Park West

ADMISSION: $50 per family

Contact: New-York Historical Society | Laura Washington | 212-873-3400 x263 | lwashington@nyhistory.org - Ruder Finn Arts & Communications Counselors | Aoife Carlin | 212-593-5889 | carlina@ruderfinn.com -

Monday, October 18, 2010
Creative: Tronvig Group