Hans J. Hajek’s book on architecture
There was a post about the architect Hans J. Hajek in this blog exactly two years ago. Recently, I was excited to learn that a textbook by Hajek surfaced at a flea market in the 1990s and was picked up by a curious young architect.
Here are a few pages from Hans J. Hajek, Lectures on Architecture: Houses for Moderate Means. A Collection of Plans, Sketches, Building Details and Ideas (Shanghai, 1950). The textbook is dated by 1950, when Hajek (海吉克) was teaching at the School of Civil Engineering of St. John’s University. Among his students was Luo Xiaowei 罗小未, who graduated in 1948 to become an eminent architecture scholar. She recalled that there were no textbooks at the time, so Hajek wrote and drew everything on the blackboard for his students, for the entire two hours of the lecture.
The absence of study materials explains the reason for the creation of this book and its artisanal quality: typed, hand-drawn and stitched, it is probably the only copy that was made.
Huge thanks to the architect Klaus Nösner for discovering and sharing this treasure!