Architecture: A Pilgrim's Prize

Q.: Mr. Pel, can you tell us what the new Kennedy library will look like?

A.: No. All I have is a blank sheet of paper.

Q.: There's nothing on that piece of paper?

A.: Nothing at all.

Thus, at a press conference given last week by the Kennedy family, Canton-born Architect Ieoh Ming Pei accepted a commission that any architect would have sold his ancestral home to get: designing the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Harvard. Says Painter William Walton, who, along with Jacqueline Kennedy, served on the selecting committee: "We chose Pei because his work is exciting and expressive,...