In New York, a city where the buildings speak as loudly as the residents, architects carry some serious star power. The best and most glamorous architects — dubbed “starchitects” — are literally changing the face of the skyline with amazingly high towers or, in the case of Zaha Hadid, futuristic-looking dwellings off the High Line that (if the renderings are accurate) will seem to have descended from a galactic empire. Robert A.M. Stern, Frank Gehry, Richard Meier: These are architecture’s biggest guns, and when they design a building in New York City they go all the way. Unlike with Hollywood celebrities, though, New Yorkers have the chance to bask in their glory as they wander the streets and take in the effects on the ever changing urban landscape. And New Yorkers with deep enough pockets even have the chance to dwell with the starchitects. Without further ado, here are eight of the most influential projects the city has seen of late – some completed and others still in the design phase.