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Rodney Walker (1910-1986)

Rodney A. Walker is best known as a modern architect for Arts + Architecture magazine's Case Study House program. A student of engineering, Walker worked in the office of Rudolph Schindler in 1938 and emulated the master as engineer, designer and builder. Walker's design philosophy included economy and efficiency without aesthetic compromise.

Walker designed and built hundreds of homes in Southern California - often building two at a time for maximum efficiency. Throughout his work, Walker emphasized the three-foot building module and experimented extensively with dynamic roof planes. In 1956, Walker moved to Ojai where he continued his design practice until retirement in 1971.

Selected Works:


Case Study House #18, (1948) Pacific Palisades

spacious, flexible, and economic design for a modern family

 

 

Asher Residence, (1949) West Los Angeles

Features several signature Walker elements including interior planters, skylights, and the creation of an outdoor room.

 

 

Walker Residence, (1951) Encino

living laboratory for his economical 3-foot module and fundamental 30-foot planning metric.

 

 

Walker Residence, (1958) Ojai

modified hexagon in plan, the house emphasizes transparency and features a dramatic, triangular roof plane.

 

 

The SAH/SCC Connection:
"Rodney Walker: The Ojai Years" (tour brochure for sale)
"Rodney Walker: 3, 30,90" (tour brochure for sale)
"Case Study in Duplicate," featuring former Board Member, Craig Walker (LA Times, 2006)
SAH/SCC Modern Patrons Program

Additional Resources :

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"Case Study Houses," Gossel, Peter and Smith, Elizabeth

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