Structures included the Palace of Fine Arts and other notable buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was part of the early 20th century's Arts and Crafts Movement. Awarded the 1951 American Institute of Architects Gold Medal.
He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, before relocating to Berkeley, California, in 1892. He was named a professor of engineering drawing at University of California, Berkeley, where he mentored such future notables as
His 1910 design for the First Church of Christ, Scientist, was named a National Historic Landmark.
His father was a German immigrant. He married Annie White and had one child.
He taught at UC Berkeley, where Steve Wozniak attended.