Raphael Soriano was one of the early Case Study architects working in California in the mid-twentieth century, and a talented advocate of the new building materials and construction techniques developed just before and after World War II. Born in Rhodes, Soriano arrived in Los Angeles in 1924 at the age of 20. After graduating from the University of Southern California, he worked in the offices of Rudolph Schindler, Richard Neutra and for Los Angeles County before starting his own practice in Los Angeles in 1935.

His characteristic floating roofs, transparent exterior walls, and open plan responded to the postwar demand for family-friendly, middle-class housing and an indoor-outdoor lifestyle well suited for the Southern California climate. In 1953, Soriano Relocated to Tiburon, near San Francisco, where he designed housing for the maverick developer Joseph Eichler, as well as innovative aluminum structures.

Raphael Soriano by Wolfgang Wagener (published by Phaidon)

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