César Pelli (born October 12, 1926 in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina) is an Argentine-American architect known for designing some of the world's tallest buildings and other major urban landmarks.
In 1991, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) listed Pelli among the ten most influential living American architects. His many awards include the 1995 AIA Gold Medal which recognizes a body of work of lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture.
Perhaps his most famous work are the Petronas Twin Towers, which were for a time the world's tallest buildings. He also designed the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhattan, next to the since-fallen World Trade Center.
After studying architecture at the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Pelli completed his studies at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He started his career in the New Haven offices of architect Eero Saarinen.
He emigrated to the United States in 1952 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. He married Diana Balmori, a renowned landscape and urban designer. They had two children: Denis, a neurobiologist and Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University and Rafael, also a renowned architect.
Pelli served as dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University from 1977 to 1984. His firm employs about 100 architects, designers, and support staff in New Haven, Connecticut.
Pelli wrote a book, "Observations for Young Architects."
In 2007, Duke University commissioned him to plan a 20- to 50-year revitalization of its Central Campus.
On May 26, 2008, Yale University bestowed an honorary Doctor of Arts degree to Pelli for his work in Architecture.
- Project Designer, Eero Saarinen
- Director of Design, Daniel, Mann, Johnson & Mendenhall, Los Angeles, California
- Partner for Design, Gruen Associates, Los Angeles, 1968-1976
- Cesar Pelli & Associates, 1977
Other famous buildings he has designed include:
- 1966: Worldway Postal Center, Los Angeles International Airport, California
- 1967: Kukui Gardens housing, Honolulu, Hawaii
- 1969: San Bernardino City Hall, San Bernardino, California
- 1972: US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan
- 1973: Commons Centre and Mall, Columbus, Indiana-
- 1975: Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, California
- 1981-1987: World Financial Center, New York City, New York, USA
- 1982-1984: Herring Hall at Rice University, Houston, Texas
- 1984: Residential Tower atop the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, New York
- 1984-1986: Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
- 1984: Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center renovation, Waterbury, Connecticut
- 1987: Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
- 1987-1990: Carnegie Hall Tower, New York City, New York, USA
- 1987-89: Maryland Residence, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
- 1987-1991: One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, England
- 1988: Wells Fargo Center (formerly Norwest Center), Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1989: Gaviidae Common, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 1990: Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Headquarters, Tokyo, Japan
- 1990: 181 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois
- A 50-story skyscraper thought to be inspired by Saarinen's second place entry in Chicago's Tribune Tower competition
- 1991: Key Tower, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
- 1991: 777 Tower, Los Angeles, California
- 1991: Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
- 1992: Bank of America Corporate Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
- 1992: Plaza Tower, Costa Mesa, California
- 1994: Physics and Astronomy Building, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
- 1995: Aronoff Center for Performing Arts, Cincinnati, Ohio
- 1995: 100 North Main Street (formerly Wachovia Center), Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- 1996: Edificio República, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 1996: Residencial del Bosque, Mexico City, Mexico
- 1996: Owens Corning World Headquarters, Toledo, Ohio, USA
- 1997: Expansion of Washington National Airport, Washington, D.C.
- 1998: Overture Center, Madison, Wisconsin
- 1998: Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
- 1998: Schuster Center, Dayton, Ohio, USA
- 1999: Cheung Kong Center (長江集團中心), Hong Kong
- 1999: Zurich tower office building in The Hague, Netherlands
- 2000: Kurayoshi Park Square, Kurayoshi, Japan
- 2000: Boston Bank Building, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2000: KABC-TV, Los Angeles, California
- 2001: Citigroup Centre, 25 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London
- 2001: Bucksbaum Center for the Arts at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
- 2001: Athletic and Fitness Center at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
- 2001: Investment Building, Washington, DC.
- 2002: JP MorganChase Building, San Francisco
- 2002: Weber Music Hall at University of Minnesota Duluth, Duluth, Minnesota
- 2002: Former Enron Headquarters at 1500 Louisiana Street, Houston, Texas
- 2003: Gerald Ratner Athletics Center at University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- 2003: Two International Finance Centre, Hong Kong
- 2003: Center for Drama and Film & the Martel Theater at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
- 2003: 25 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, Docklands, London
- 2003: 40 Bank Street, Canary Wharf, Docklands, London
- 2003: Benjamin & Mariam Schuster Performing Arts Center, Dayton, Ohio
- 2004: Goldman Sachs Tower, Jersey City, New Jersey
- 2005: Cira Centre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 2005: Malone Engineering Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
- 2006: Theodore Roosevelt Federal Building Eastern District Courthouse, Brooklyn, New York
- 2006: Science and Engineering Research and Classroom Complex at University of Houston, Houston, Texas
- 2006: Minneapolis Public Library's Central branch, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- 2006: Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa
- 2006: Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Segerstrom Center For The Arts, Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa, California
- 2006: Thomas E. Golden Jr. Center, St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
- 2006: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami, Florida
- 2008: BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 2008: One Park West, Liverpool, England
- 2008: Torre de Cristal, Madrid, Spain
- 2008: Repsol-YPF Building, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- 2008: St. Regis Residences & Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico
- 2008: Business Instructional Facility, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
- 2009: Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, Connecticut 
- 2009: Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, Connecticut
- 2009: Aria Resort & Casino, the central feature of CityCenter, Las Vegas, Nevada
- 2011: New Airport Terminal Building (Phase 1), Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
- 2010: Gran Torre Costanera, Santiago, Chile
- 2011: Iberdrola Tower, office building, Bilbao, Spain
- 2011: The Landmark, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- 2012: Porta Nuova Garibaldi, master plan and mixed-use development, Milan, Italy
- 2012: Cira Center South, Philadelphia
- 2012: Sidra Medical Center, Qatar
- 2012: Cajasol Tower, office building, Seville, Spain
- 1982: "Skyscrapers," Perspecta 18, pp. 134-151.
- 1984: Introduction to The Second Generation by Esther McCoy (Peregrine Smith Books)
- 1999: Observations for Young Architects (Monacelli Press)
- 2002: Foreword to Ralph Rapson: Sketches and Drawings from Around the World by Ralph Rapson (Afton Historical Society Press)