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Someone whose work is purely theoretical, having never come to fruition, or has never been exemplified by anything in the real world.
"He was a tenured professor of architecture—a position buttressed by his renown as a 'paper architect.'
That is to say, he was an esteemed architect whose reputation rested on his designs, rather than on the buildings constructed from them."
—Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli
by ignazio January 30, 2010
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