April 1, 2011
STARCHITECT: Coined by journalists in the late 1990s, around the time Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum Bilbao gave rise to an elite class
of globe-trotting celebrity architects with signature styles. Nowadays, the term is almost always used scornfully.
“Introducing ‘Starchitecture,’ a new font that can be used by any architect who is making a building that has lots of glass or is curvy, or has some kind of skin of patterning or big type and/or logos sandblasted onto it, or all of these features all at once.” —Paula Scher