Associated with the functionalism movement and best known for his 1937 Parnu Beach Hotel, which was considered to be the foremost example of functionalist architecture.
He was educated at technical schools in Wismar and Konstanz, Germany. He became the official architect of the city of Parnu, Estonia, in 1925.
His 1930 work on Roosikrantsi Street in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, was his first attempt at functionalism.
He was the son of a joinery shop owner, who was residing in Pärnu when he was born. He immigrated to Sweden in 1944, where he died four years later.
He collaborated with fellow architect Alar Kotli on the construction of the Paslepa Residence, which was the office of the Estonian president.