Known for his unique and organic housing designs, primarily in Oklahoma. He was influenced by Antoni Gaudi, Claude Debussy, Balinese music, seashells, and Japanese ukiyo-e prints. His designs would find a home at the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing.
He was an apprentice with Tulsa firm Rush, Endacott and Rush at the young age of 12. He would become a partner at Rush in 1930.
He helped his high-school art teacher, Adah Robinson, design Boston Avenue Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which was a prominent example of the Art Deco movement.
He was gay when it was illegal and was arrested in 1955; he had to give up his teaching position at the University of Oklahoma as a result.
He and Frank Gehry were contemporaries.