Definitions

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  • n. A celebrity architect.

Etymologies

Blend of star and architect (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "starchitect" - designed buildings, 30 of which have been completed.

    NYT > Travel

  • In a letter, Robert Venturi, perhaps the nation's first 'starchitect', decries the $200-million project to move the Barnes 'Foundation Collection to downtown Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

    Michael Henry Adams: The Art of the Steal: Betraying Dr. Albert Barnes and Future Generations

  • There have been no headline-grabbing shows here, no " starchitect " renovations or additions, not even a modest caf é or upscale dining venture.

    The Frick at a Glowing 75

  • BMW isn't new to the "starchitect" game; Zaha Hadid designed the central building of its BMW Werk factory in Leipzig, finished in 2005.

    Car-chitecture: New Museums

  • It has been designed by British "starchitect" Will Alsop, best known in Toronto for the futuristic Ontario College of Art on stilts.

    Thestar.com - Home Page

  • It has also commissioned international "starchitect" Zaha Hadid to design the $98

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • The subtlety of their work stands out from previous "starchitect" winners like

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  • Directly behind the demolition site, meanwhile, a massive new park and cultural centre is rising, anchored by a striking, undulating building designed by the London-based "starchitect" Zaha Hadid.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • It's easy to laugh at a picture of a fat-headed, smarmy-looking Daniel Libeskind, poster boy for today's "starchitect" in his black suit and thick frames, shilling designs that memorialize cultural grief while he rakes in bank.

    Stories from The Sun

  • The gallery's executive director, Kathleen Bartels, said she tries to stay away from terms such as "starchitect" and "iconic," but there's no question the building itself is a big part of her vision.

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  • "It's hard to pinpoint when the 'starchitect' became an object of ridicule. The term is a favorite of churlish commentators, who use it to mock architects whose increasingly flamboyant buildings, in their minds, are more about fashion and money than function." - The New York Times, December 16, 2007

    December 18, 2007