Cesar Pelli, creator of Malaysia's Petronas Towers, dies aged 92

Pelli was also dean of Yale's architecture faculty from 1977 to 1984

cesar_pelli Argentinean architect Cesar Pelli | Reuters

Argentine architect Cesar Pelli, creator of Malaysia's Petronas Towers and New York's One World Financial Center, died Friday at the age of 92, his family said.

"I want to send my condolences to the family and friends of the talented Cesar Pelli," Argentinian President Mauricio Macri wrote on Twitter.

"The works he leaves throughout the world as a legacy are a pride for all Argentines," Macri added

Pelli, who studied architecture from the University of Tucuman, left for the US in 1952, where he studied on a scholarship at the University of Illinois, School of Architecture. In 1977, he became the dean of Yale's architecture faculty and retained the position till 1984. He was also awarded the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal among his many accolades.

Apart from overseeing expansion of New York's Museum of Modern Art in 1984 and creating several theatres and cultural centres around the world, he is also the brains behind the the Petronas Towers in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. It is a 452-metre high structure that was the world's tallest building when it was completed in 1998.

Canary Wharf Tower in London, the International Financial Centre that towers over Hong Kong's waterfront and the Gran Torre Santiago in Chile are some other notable works by Pelli.