John Hejduk

John Hejduk (1929–2000) was an American architect, artist, and educator of Czech origin known for his deeply philosophical and poetic approach to architecture. A leading figure of the New York Five – a group of architects who championed a return to modernist principles – Hejduk’s work was highly conceptual, often exploring the boundaries of architecture and art. His designs, like the famous Wall House II, integrated a powerful narrative and philosophical reflections on time and human existence. Beyond his design practice, he profoundly influenced architectural pedagogy as the Dean of the School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City.