If living architects have been celebrities since Filippo Brunelleschi, the contemporary persona of the starchitect is a successful media brand, more akin to the Hollywood star than to the architect of the past. Two of the films reviewed here, Sketches of Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect, investigate architects commonly included in the pantheon of starchitects. The reviews of these films, by Jordan Kaufmann and Michael Kubo, reveal the complex construction of starchitects in the media and their uneasy relationship to the office teams without which they could not function. In contrast, the third film, Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of Rural Studio, examines the life and...

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