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Cesar Pelli gives convocation receives honorary degree from DePaul University

Cesar Pelli gives convocation receives honorary degree from DePaul University

Cesar Pelli gives convocation receives honorary degree from DePaul University

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (June 17, 2014) — With praise for his distinguished career and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ design of its new building for The Theatre School, DePaul University awarded Cesar Pelli an honorary degree Saturday.

Pelli also gave the address at the combined commencement of The Theatre School and the School of Music, during which he told graduates, “Sometimes you have to be willing to risk everything to fulfill your dreams.”

Conferring the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Theatre School Dean John Culbert expressed the school’s admiration of Pelli’s work and its gratitude for the new building, which opened this fall in the Chicago neighborhood of Lincoln Park. The building’s design is notable for placing the scene shops behind glass at street level, giving neighbors a behind-the-scenes view of the theater. Theatergoers also pass classrooms and rehearsal rooms on the way to a performance to see student learning in action.

“No one demonstrates better how a building can enhance an urban space with magnificence and inspire both its inhabitants as well as outsiders looking in. With Mr. Pelli’s remarkable career, he has shown how the great talent of one man can spread beauty throughout the world,” Culbert said. “We are particularly grateful for his thoughtful creation for The Theatre School, which will influence students and awe theatre patrons for generations to come.”

Culbert added that the university is pleased that the firm will also be designing the new Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority events center in Chicago’s South Loop—the future home of DePaul basketball. Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was selected to design the McCormick Place Event Center last year.

This is the 13th honorary degree for Cesar Pelli.

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