Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer has received France’s Legion of Honor just days before his 100th birthday, according to a report by Associated Press.

Niemeyer was born in Rio de Janeiro but lived in exile in Paris during Brazil’s military dictatorship in the 1960s.

The Legion of Honor medal gives him the rank of commander.

Niemeyer’s works include the Cultural House in Havre and the Bobigny Labor Exchange in France, the Mondadori building in Milan and the UN headquarters in New York.

By staff writer