The Complexities of John Hejduk’s Work: Exorcising Outlines, Apparitions and Angels, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Complexities of John Hejduk’s Work

Exorcising Outlines, Apparitions and Angels, 1st Edition

By J. Kevin Story


256 pages | 59 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138476493
pub: 2020-07-23
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This book traces the development of John Hejduk’s architectural career, using the idea of ‘exorcism’ to uncover his thought process when examining architectural designs. His work encouraged profound questioning on what, why and how we build, which allowed for more open discourse and enhance the phenomenology found in architectural experiences.

Three distinct eras in his architectural career are applied to analogies of outlines, apparitions, and angels throughout the book across seven chapters. Using these thematic examples, the author investigates the progression of thought and depth inside the architect’s imagination by studying key projects such as the Texas houses, Wall House, and his final works.

Featuring comments by Gloria Fiorentino Hejduk and others, this book brings to life the intricacies in the mind of John Hejduk, and would be beneficial for those interested in architecture and design in the 20th century.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations




Chapter One

Formations of John Hejduk’s Pedagogy: Exorcising Outlines, Part 1

Chapter Two

Pedagogy of the Texas Houses: Exorcising Outlines, Part 2

Chapter Three

Pedagogy of the Wall House: Exorcising Apparitions, Part 1

Chapter Four

Pedagogy of the Architectural Masque: Exorcising Apparitions, Part 2

Chapter Five

Pedagogy of the Last Works: Exorcising Angels

Chapter Six

Pedagogy of the Cigar Box: Experiencing the Otherness of John Hejduk

Chapter Seven

A Serendipitous Life: The End of the Beginning


The Otherness of John Hejduk: A Collection of Thought



About the Author

J. Kevin Story, AIA is an architect in Houston, Texas. He has served as part of the Adjunct Faculty at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design since 1996. Kevin teaches Intermediate and Advanced design studios and architectural construction detailing. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Houston.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation
ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ARCHITECTURE / Individual Architects & Firms / Monographs
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / General