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starchitect Line breaks: star¦chi|tect
Pronunciation: /ˈstɑːkɪtɛkt/

Definition of starchitect in English:


informal, chiefly , derogatory
A famous or high-profile architect: a welcome departure from the ego-driven era of the starchitect
More example sentences
  • The future historians of the built environment of Blairism won't be consulting back issues of AD or the glossy monographs of the starchitect.
  • There are far worse fates for American art than to be hung in a public museum - especially one designed by starchitect Moshe Safdie.
  • The grad program at Columbia in the mid-1990s...was less a school of architecture than a breeding ground for young starchitects.


Example sentences
  • Even with collaboration, producing "starchitecture" is far from easy.
  • It's not necessarily brand-name starchitecture that inflates building costs.
  • But one toxic result of recent 'starchitecture' culture is the steady stream of theoretical bafflegab that pours from architectural schools and journals.


1940s (denoting a film star who designed a house): blend of star (sense 3 of the noun) and architect.

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