Former dean of the Yale School of Architecture as well as designer of the Yale Art and Architecture Building. His floor plans were noted for their complexity and reliance on concrete.
He attended Auburn University in 1940 and Harvard Graduate School of Design. His education was interrupted by a three-year stint in the Navy.
His other works included the Bangladesh Agricultural University and the main campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
His father was a traveling Methodist preacher, which exposed him as a young man to different cultures and artistic styles. He was also interested in painting and music.
He was a student under Walter Gropius at Harvard.