Criticism of Starchitects is “self-righteous and “annoying” says Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry is the exception to the rule. Most other architects live vicariously through his experiences as one of the most celebrated architects of our time. But, as Gehry can attest, living in the spotlight has its drawbacks.

“There is a backlash,” says Gehry, now aged 82, “against me and everyone who has done buildings that have movement and feeling”, that is “self-righteous” and “annoying… The notion is that it is counterproductive to social responsibility and sustainability. Therefore, curving the wall or doing something so-called wilful is wrong and so there is a tendency back to bland.”

Frank Gehry Frank Gehry: ‘My buildings are all on budget.’ Photograph: Torsten Blackwood/AFP/Getty Images