Definition of starchitect in English:


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


informal , chiefly • derogatory
  • A famous or high-profile architect: a welcome departure from the ego-driven era of the starchitect
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    • The 76-story mixed-used building designed by starchitect Frank Gehry will attract residents and retail to downtown Manhattan.
    • That flexibility, a welcome departure from the ego-driven era of the starchitect, is one of the most appealing aspects of Think's plan.
    • The future historians of the built environment of Blairism won't be consulting back issues of AD or the glossy monographs of the starchitect.



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  • He said the structures were not intended to be ‘starchitecture’ but would be ‘respectful of their immediate surroundings’.
  • Even with collaboration, producing "starchitecture" is far from easy.
  • It's not necessarily brand-name starchitecture that inflates building costs.


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

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