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Blend of star +‎ architect


starchitect (plural starchitects)

  1. (informal) A celebrity architect.
    • 2009 May 8, Karen Rosenberg, “A Low-Cost Show Reinflates a Big Bag”, in New York Times[1]:
      Others are timelessly provocative; the stacked tubes of “Museum Design Based on a Cigarette Package” might have been dreamed up by a starchitect.
    • Chrystia Freeland, Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else, New York@ The Penguin Press, 2012, p. 104.
      • "Gehry is more than an architect--he is a starchitect, a neologism coined to describe the small band of elite international architects whose personal brands transcend their buildings."


Davide Ponzini and Michele Nastasi, STARCHITECTURE: Scenes, Actors and Spectacles in Contemporary Cities. Turin, Allemandi, 2011.