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Although he disliked the Beaux-Arts emphasis at MIT, Pei excelled in his studies.
" I certainly don't regret the time at MIT ", he said later.
" There I learned the science and technique of building, which is just as essential to architecture.
" Pei received his Bachelors of Architecture degree in 1940.
He planned to return to China immediately afterward, but the Second Sino-Japanese War forced him to change his plans.
Pei's father urged him to remain in the United States, and he worked for two years at the Boston engineering firm of Stone & Webster.

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