One of the first architects to use his interest in cinema to design film sets; noted for his work on "L'Inhumaine," the 1924 silent-film classic.
He studied at the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture; he also began writing about art and architecture for various publications during this time.
He designed various buildings in Paris, including shops, houses, factories, and a fire station.
His father and grandfather were art collectors. He was born in a 17th-century house designed by François Mansart.
He and Le Corbusier were major figures in French architecture between World War I and World War II.