Richard Joseph Neutra (April 8, 1892 – April 16, 1970) is considered one of modernism’s most important architects. Neutra worked briefly for Frank Lloyd Wright.
In California, he became celebrated for rigorously geometric but airy structures that symbolized a West Coast variation on the mid-century modern residence.
He was famous for the attention he gave to defining the real needs of his clients, regardless of the size of the project, in contrast to other architects eager to impose their artistic vision on a client. Neutra sometimes used detailed questionnaires to discover his client’s needs, much to their surprise. His domestic architecture was a blend of art, landscape and practical comfort.