• Faced with unmeasurables, people steer their way by magic. Before the invention of navigational instruments, a beautiful lady was carved on the prow of the boat to help sailors cross the ocean; and architects, grappling with the intangibles of design, select a guru whose work gives them personal help in areas where there are few rules to follow. The guru, as architectural father-figure, is subject to intense hate and love; either way, the relationship is personal, and necessarily one-to-one.

    "Room at the Top? Sexism and the Star System in Architecture". Essay by Denise Scott Brown, in "Architecture: A Place for Women", book edited by Ellen Perry Berkeley and Matilda McQuaid, 1989.